Serial Number C37639, Flayderman No. 5F-036 in NRA Fine condition on the antique scale. (Fine Condition: All original parts, over 30% original finish; sharp lettering, numerals and design on metal and wood; minor marks in wood; fine bore).
This rifle is one of those manufactured for the US Army Trials of 1871 in .50-70 Government caliber. Features musket furniture, including the “US” marked butt plate, and the darkened M1870 Rifle sight common to these trial rifles; it is rather scarce as it is believed there were approximately 700 of this model produced. As seen in the photographs (additional images are available, on request), this rifle’s condition would normally rate an excellent condition rating except for the color casehardening on the receiver, lockplate, hammer, trigger plate and lever; the casehardening has “silvered” with no color remaining. The remainder of the rifle left Springfield Armory in 1871 in what was referred to as “Arsenal Bright”; the barrel and the rest of the furniture on the rifle never had any colored finish and was left in the natural metal. It has a bright, unblemished bore. There is no pitting anywhere on the rifle with the exception of the lower sling swivel and there is corrosion on the Lawrence pellet mechanism cover.
It has the correct, single shoulder cleaning rod, a sharp, legible “ESA” cartouche and a “box L” stamped in the stock below the trigger guard tang. Some of the screw heads are less than pristine. The stock is a very attractive, with some expected handling marks for a rifle that has been around for 140 years. The receiver is clean and smooth, with the proper Sharps Patent information stamp on the left side. The lock is likewise smooth with both the Sharps and Lawrence Patent stamps present and legible. The breech and lock mechanisms are crisp and function smoothly.
I have had this rifle almost 30 years after having purchased it from David Condon in Oct’81. Now that I am retired, I am thinning my collection. Payment shall be via US Postal Money Order, Cashiers or personal check. All will need to clear prior to shipment. Having searched the internet, the rifle is priced to sell below recent auctions and rifles presently for sale online. Returns shall only be considered if in variance with the description.
Shipping and insurance shall be extra depending upon location and mode of transportation.
Trades Accepted: No
I’m not going to go into a lot of details due to limited space. This is a NIB, Colt US Cavalry Commemorative set marking the 200th anniv of the US cav 1777-1977 consisting of two pistols and accoutrements. One pistol is serial No. 1525US, the other US1525. The set comes with all original paperwork for the guns, the original boxes, original foam packing material,the original shipping box, powder flask, bullet mold, cap tin, shoulder stock and walnut display case. This set was one of 3000 sets made in 1977. So, why buy this set as opposed to the others out there? I purchased this set on a whim in August of 1980. From that point on it has stayed, undisplayed, in its original shipping box. The velvet is uncrushed and everything is as it was when it left the factory. It has always been kept in a centrally heated/cooled environment, smoke and pet free home. It is the responsibility of the Buyer to ensure they comply with local and state ordinances regarding cap & ball guns. Should it be necessary, the set can be shipped to your FFL or C&R holder; any additional expense associated with this activity is to the buyer’s account. No returns unless the set is found to have been misrepresented (it isn’t). Payment via US postal order or I will accept a check but you will have to wait for it to clear. Shipping and insurance are extra and will be determined at the time of sale.