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I finally found my Springfield trapdoor

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by forward observer, May 23, 2019.

  1. Iggy

    Iggy Member

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    My Grandfather bought a Trapdoor from Bannerman's, for $7.50 before coming to Wyoming to homestead before the turn of the last century. He put the rifle out in the barn where it remained unattended for 47 years until I found it when the Grandparents abandoned the homestead and moved to town. I was 4 years old and even then I knew it was in sad shape. My Dad put the rifle away in a closet for safe keeping. I found it again when my folks moved from the ranch to town and I moved back into the house where I grew up.
    I found an unfired barrel and restocked it and it became my favorite hunting rifle.. It has downed, Elk, Mule Deer, Antelope, and I have no idea how many varmints.

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    Many will cry "sacrilege and hang him", but when I got it the stock was rotten and the barrel was full of rust.
    This is as close as I will ever get to the Officer's Model Trapdoor.
     
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  2. forward observer

    forward observer Member

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    Very Nice. The officer's models are priced way out of my ball park. I owned one of the H & R reproductions of an officer's model at one point, but traded it off for one of the H & R trapdoor carbine repro's and some cash. I still have it and that's one of the reason I went for a rifle. Someone went to the trouble to put an original rear sight on it, which H & R never bothered with for some strange reason.

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    Cheers
     
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  3. TIMC

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    You got a fine looking rifle. I would love to have a full length rifle. I do have a H&R 1873 reproduction trapdoor carbine that is a pleasure to shoot.
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