Jump to content


Photo

Very rare Springfield Armory 50-70 trapdoor pistol


  • Please log in to reply
15 replies to this topic

#1 Fjold

Fjold

    Traveling hitman

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 1,793 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Bakersfield, CA
  • Interests:Shooting, hunting and fishing.

Posted 13 September 2012 - 07:43 PM

I thought some of you guys would be interested in seeing this:


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 Image
Posted Image
Frank
One rifle, one planet. Holland's 375
Posted Image

#2 mackeralboy

mackeralboy

    Shooter

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPipPip
  • 909 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Agourance, Calif.
  • Interests:Hunting anything above or below the water. Kayaking, Backpacking, Scuba, Surfing, anything outdoors.

Posted 13 September 2012 - 08:03 PM

Wow, That is very cool Fjold. Thanks for sharing.

#3 Shoot-it

Shoot-it

    Big Kahuna

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 7,231 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:CA

Posted 13 September 2012 - 09:20 PM

that's something I have never seen before must have been fun to hold on to.

#4 BearWhoHunts

BearWhoHunts

    Varmint Hunter

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 127 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Santa Cruz, CA
  • Interests:I am into foraging of all kinds. Hunting for game is just one aspect. Every time I am out in the back country I am looking for edible, useful and medicinal flora and fauna. I am also constantly working on survival skills. Hunted as a boy for squirrel, rabbit and some upland birds. I am a farmer by trade and I work for an organic farm founded on ethical work practices.

Posted 13 September 2012 - 09:30 PM

My goodness that thing is awesome. Thanks for sharing such a cool piece of history.

Bear
"Nature provides a free lunch, but only if we control our appetites." ~William Ruckelshaus

#5 KNOCKED UP

KNOCKED UP

    Big Kahuna

  • Gold Contributor
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 3,711 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Brentwood california (The nothern ca. one)
  • Interests:Hunting, fishing, archery,Reloading.
    Harley Davidson Motorcycles, and good people
    RETIRED

Posted 14 September 2012 - 03:59 AM

That is nice,and nice to know the history.
Tom

Life on earth is temporary, Choose your destiny Wisely.

#6 Bennie

Bennie

    Big Shooter

  • Gold Contributor
  • PipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 1,906 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Yuba City, CA
  • Interests:Hunting, Fishing, Shooting.

Posted 14 September 2012 - 07:45 AM

Very neat pistol. Thanks for sharing.
Raith Heryford's Guide Service  Salmon, Trout & Steel Head | Striper, Sturgeon & Shad | Duck & Goose HuntingYuba /Sutter Northern CaliforniaCALL 530-870-2697 or emailQuit blowing on the Fur and get to the Hide.

#7 ShooterJohn

ShooterJohn

    Admin

  • Root Admin
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 21,329 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Northern, CA
  • Interests:Hunting, shooting sports and fishing.

Posted 14 September 2012 - 08:25 AM

That is really an interesting piece Frank your friend is lucky to own it.

Time waits for no one--
treasure every moment you have.


#8 Canis mortuus

Canis mortuus

    Varmint Hunter

  • Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 139 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Huntington Beach, CA
  • Interests:Hunting - All types - Mostly duck
    Fishing - All types - Mostly Saltwater
    Photography

Posted 14 September 2012 - 09:52 PM

That is an awesome firearm! I'll bet that thing is something to hold on to when you touch it off.
Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you. -- Gen.9:3Arise - Kill - Eat ACTS 10:13

#9 Mutt

Mutt

    Predator

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPip
  • 432 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Ca.

Posted 15 September 2012 - 06:12 AM

Sweet!

If they came up with a vaccine for stupid the unemployment rate would go up - all them fine politicians would be outta work!


#10 StoneTower

StoneTower

    Predator

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPip
  • 473 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Fair Oaks (Sacramento)
  • Interests:Pulling the trigger and setting the hook!!!

Posted 15 September 2012 - 07:55 PM

http://www.trapdoorc....com/cal50.html

Very nice.

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.

#11 Fjold

Fjold

    Traveling hitman

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 1,793 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Bakersfield, CA
  • Interests:Shooting, hunting and fishing.

Posted 15 September 2012 - 09:10 PM

http://www.trapdoorc....com/cal50.html

Very nice.

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?

:pot:
Frank
One rifle, one planet. Holland's 375
Posted Image

#12 zippy1970

zippy1970

    Shooter

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPipPip
  • 890 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Morro Bay , California

Posted 17 September 2012 - 02:50 PM

Not to be an ** but did you get to shoot it ?


Andy

#13 Fjold

Fjold

    Traveling hitman

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 1,793 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Bakersfield, CA
  • Interests:Shooting, hunting and fishing.

Posted 17 September 2012 - 04:41 PM

Nope, he showed it to me at his shop in the middle of town.
Frank
One rifle, one planet. Holland's 375
Posted Image

#14 zippy1970

zippy1970

    Shooter

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPipPip
  • 890 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Morro Bay , California

Posted 17 September 2012 - 04:53 PM

Bummer .

But fondling counts . I like the pic alone as I can add it to my pile of " rare , unusual , " file .

Andy

#15 rustygun

rustygun

    Predator

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPip
  • 447 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Santa Rosa, CA
  • Interests:All types of hunting, but mostley small game, varmints and predators. X-Military (Army) 20 years. Been away from the hunting game for almost 22 years

Posted 18 September 2012 - 01:51 PM

He is one lucky man with a rare gun to hold onto. I didn't even know that they made any of those. Thanks for sharing.

#16 sxshooter

sxshooter

    Big Shooter

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 1,050 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:CA
  • Interests:sxs smallbore shotguns .410 in particular, bird dogs, aviation, BBQ, grilling, photography, red wines, craft beers

Posted 21 September 2012 - 01:48 PM

Very cool.
It's not about how many, it's about how.
Life is too short to hunt with an ugly dog or gun

Maintain a balance of nature, use a beautiful gun when shooting a beautiful bird




0 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users