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Old May 3, 2013, 08:00 PM   #1
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1884 Springfield Trapdoor

A friend has an 1884 Springfield Trapdoor. The bluing is gone, the stock is beat up, the front and back sights need replaced and the rifling looks a little pitted. It seems mechanically sound and 2 different people who are familiar with such guns said it was probably worth around $400.00. I don't have pictures, but based on this information, does this sound right? One guy who looked at it is a gun shop owner and gunsmith. He thought the forearm may have been cut down to give it a carbine look, and it didn't have the true carbine butt plate. He said the sights would cost around $50.00, and wouldn't recommend spending much on it. He said it looked safe to shoot and as I said offered $400.00. Are these guns typically well made, reliable and safe to shoot at such an old age? I realize every gun should be viewed on a case by case basis, but what is their track record? thanks
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