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Posted: 9/12/2005 11:08:12 PM EDT
Just curious how many trapdoor owners are in here.................and a question.....

Any of you guys have something like this burned into the comb?
This particular rifle did come from the old National Guard armoury in Portland....my great-uncle was in the gaurds in the '30's, took a few home before they were destroyed with the rest. I know there is at least one other floating around, as my grandpa sold it in the late '80's ....but I'm curious if any other states did something similar.

Thanks guys!
Link Posted: 9/13/2005 1:12:44 PM EDT
The trapdoors' last hurrah was with many of the State Guards.....with the regular Army having replaced it with the Krag, and then 1903. It was actually still in many Guard Armories until the 30's when they were finally purged.

With some lucky ones getting to take them home like your Great Uncle and Grandfather!

The Guard units commonly marked them with their state of origin....I have seen many a NY marked trapdoor. Its definitely a neat piece of history....
Link Posted: 9/13/2005 4:18:36 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/13/2005 4:20:11 PM EDT by cloak-n-carbine]
Many years ago, for my B-Day, my father-in-law gave me a beautiful US Springfield Trapdoor in 45/70 with the original leather sling, original US marked bayonet and scabbard with leather belt loop. Cartouche is very faint, but still discernable. I love that thing, not to mention the sentimental value it has to me. Last Christmas, he gave me a Harper's Ferry, one of the one's that, I believe, was converted from flint lock to percussion cap. My dad-in-law rocks!!!

Edited to add: No, mine does not have those, or any other initials burned into the comb.
Link Posted: 9/13/2005 5:29:39 PM EDT
Heres my two... McM
Link Posted: 9/13/2005 7:25:36 PM EDT

Originally Posted By motorcityman:
Heres my two... McM

Very nice, McM!!
Link Posted: 9/14/2005 2:22:13 PM EDT

Originally Posted By cloak-n-carbine:
Very nice, McM!!

Thanks cloak, the lower one was giving to me as well along with the bayonet. McM
Link Posted: 9/15/2005 5:00:31 AM EDT
Trapdoors are great rifles! One of my neighbors here has used an origonal calvary carbine as his main deer rifle for over 35 years! He loads his own, and shoots it on a regular basis, not babying it whatsoever and has killed countless deer with it. He does not consider it a novelty...I used to make fun of him for it...now I envy him.
Link Posted: 9/19/2005 7:54:48 PM EDT
Don't flame me but I shoot a repro H&R Officiers Model. Any of the Original Officiers models I have seen are way past my means and with my eyes the tang sight is is pretty much a must have .
I came across it like new (really unfired- $450! ) in a beat box that looked like it had been shoved around in someones garage for 20 or 30 years. I have so much fun shooting this that I ditched my Petisoli Sharps that was a much nicer gun but nowhere as much fun to shoot .
I need to set aside some cash and buy a original regular trapdoor !
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