Very rare Springfield Armory 50-70 trapdoor pistol
Posted 13 September 2012 - 07:43 PM
Right after the Civil War Springfield Armory made eight (8) single shot 50/70 trapdoor pistols for US Calvary officers for use in the Indian Wars. These guns were originally calvary carbines that the factory modified the stocks, barrel, sights, etc and turned them into pistols.
Serial number 1 is in a private collection, #2 is in the Springfield Armory Museum, #3 is in the Smithsonian and this is #4 that I'm holding in my hand. A good friend of mine owns it and has the most complete private collection of US military handguns in the U.S. You won't find many rarer guns than this. The other 4 guns that were made are also in private collections.
Posted 13 September 2012 - 09:20 PM
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Posted 15 September 2012 - 09:10 PM
The article says "The only two Springfield made .50 caliber trapdoor pistols reside in museums: the Smithsonian and the Springfield Armory museum." I guess the author did not know about the other six.
That's interesting. I sent the webmaster of that site one of the pictures of the gun above. I wonder how long it will take him to email me back?
Posted 17 September 2012 - 04:41 PM
Posted 17 September 2012 - 04:53 PM
But fondling counts . I like the pic alone as I can add it to my pile of " rare , unusual , " file .
Posted 18 September 2012 - 01:51 PM
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