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Model 1884 Trapdoor

Article about: My brother is cleaning out his gun cabinet so I helped lol Everything is original except for the sling. This is the one that used a cleaning rod bayonet. It does still work, he shot it, I'm

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    My brother is cleaning out his gun cabinet so I helped lol Everything is original except for the sling. This is the one that used a cleaning rod bayonet. It does still work, he shot it, I'm waiting for him to cough up a few rounds so I can give it a go. There's just something about these rifles.

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    still has the cartouche and unit markings. Haven't been able to find much on the unit though.
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    the firing pin is free floating
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    the Buffington sight
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    Paul

    47th MP Co/47th Inf Div 1983-1988
    583rd Ord Co 59th Ord Bde Muenster, W Germany
    1988-1990
    Looking for P37 ammo pouch with No4 bayo frog

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    Great rilfe. Nice condition too - I love the look of these......... !
    Regards,


    Steve.

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    Thanks Steve. It is in pretty good shape, the extractor on these seems to be the first thing to go, this one looks like it was hardly used over it's lifetime. I can't wait to shoot it, I had an 1873 before and was surprised how accurate that was with the sights it came with. They're so small and hard to see, even when my eyes were better.
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    Paul

    47th MP Co/47th Inf Div 1983-1988
    583rd Ord Co 59th Ord Bde Muenster, W Germany
    1988-1990
    Looking for P37 ammo pouch with No4 bayo frog

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    Hi,
    lovely looking rifle i wuld like to fire that off to,
    thanks for showing it.
    Dave.

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    great looking Trapdoor you have there.


    John
    I specialize in M1 carbines and Lugers.

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    that's nice.

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    Quote by Stinkpotpete View Post
    My brother is cleaning out his gun cabinet so I helped lol Everything is original except for the sling. This is the one that used a cleaning rod bayonet. It does still work, he shot it, I'm waiting for him to cough up a few rounds so I can give it a go. There's just something about these rifles.
    Indeed there is - not least historic significance.
    I like that you shoot the old trooper, that what is was made for after all.
    Great rifle, great pics - that how you post a thread about a rifle.

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    Are these in 45-70 caliber ? I suppose the loads are
    lighter with modern powders.........
    Regards,


    Steve.

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    It looks a nice weapon. And it would look even better in my collection!
    Author of... 'Belfast Diaries: A Gunner In Northern Ireland'... 'A Tough Nut To Crack: Andersonstown.. Voices From 9 Battery Royal Artillery In Northern Ireland'... 'An Accrington Pal: The Diaries of Pte Jack Smallshaw, September 1914 To March 1919'.

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    Thanks guys, glad you like it Oops, yes it is in .45-70. My brother reloads for all of his rifles. I have to ask him for sure, but I thought he said he used either IMR 5744 or AA5744. It's supposed to give black powder results with smokeless powder. He had a sharps clone he loaded some black powder rounds for, but I never got to try those. There's one company that loads factory ammunition for old guns, for cowboy action shooting. I can't think of the name off hand, but I've used that in the 1873 I had and it worked pretty good. I'd like to try some black powder loads in this, just to get the feel of shooting the original round.
    Best
    Paul

    47th MP Co/47th Inf Div 1983-1988
    583rd Ord Co 59th Ord Bde Muenster, W Germany
    1988-1990
    Looking for P37 ammo pouch with No4 bayo frog

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