- Mar 7, 2022
I had two doc appointments in Lexington today, got out of the last one and had 1/2hour to stop by a gunshop I visit whenever I can. I had seen the rifle about a month ago, and today they were ready to let it go at a discount. I left with one of the nicest 1873 Trapdoors I have seen in a long while. Matching numbers, rearsenaled and rust blued, and as typcial with a restock, no cartouche stamps on the stock. Bluing is 90%, bore is pristine, nice and mirror bright with sharp shallow lands. It has a thin blade front, and the desirable Buffington rear sights, that are adjustable for windage and elevation out to 1100 yds and then some. Still had the cleaning rod and a wide military sling that I am sure is a repop, but will need some leather lotion to revive it as it has dried out quiete a bit. Will probably get shot in the next day or two. This is the nicest original I have had, all 3 of the other ones were good shooters, and traded 2 of them for a Quigley Sharps, in 45/70.