Model 1884 Experimental Trapdoor Rifle

Object Number: 
1951.410
Date: 
1884
Medium: 
Wood, steel, iron
Dimensions: 
Overall: 52 1/8 in. ( 132.4 cm ) Part (barrel): 32 5/8 in. (82.9 cm)
Marks: 
stamped: breechblock: "US/MODEL/1884"; behind block: "525055" stamped: barrel bands: "U"; buttplate tang: "US"; lockplate center: "US/SPRINGFIELD" (flanked on left by eagle) stamped: wrist: "SWP/1891" (foliate inspector's cartouche) incised: buttstock:
Description: 
Wood, steel, and iron rifle; iron furniture; ramrod bayonet; stamped marks on breechblock, lockplate, barrel bands, and barrel tang; stamped cartouche on left stock at wrist; incised mark on right buttstock.
Gallery Label: 
Designed in 1865 by Springfield armorer E.S. Allin, trapdoor model rifles and carbines replaced the muzzle-loading firearms that had been used during the Civil War, and became the standard weapons used by U.S. forces during the western Indian wars.
Credit Line: 
Gift of the 7th Regiment, National Guard New York
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group