Original and superb U.S. Indian War issue Springfield M-1879 .45-70 Caliber Trapdoor Carbine. This early starred receiver cavalry carbine remains absolutely original and has not been rebuilt or upgraded since its original manufacture in 1881. All of its parts are original and specific to the Model 1879 Carbine. The bore as you can imagine for such a nice carbine remains in virtually mint condition. This carbine is very interestingly N.J. State militia marked on both the wood and the metal, also SWP 1881 cartouched on its side as well as firing proofed P in back of the triggerguard. The metal retains most of its bright factory blued finish and the block has most all of its original case colored finish remaining intact. The front sight cover is intact and has probably been on this carbine since its original use. The wood is in most excellent condition as well, never sanded nor boned, and remains sharp and crisp. This truly is a beautiful absolutely original M-1879 Trapdoor Carbine. I'm sure if you are a collector you probably already know how hard its is to find a Trapdoor cavalry carbine in high condition. They are not like the rifles which are found frequently very nice. These at best are usually brown guns. You will have to look long and hard to find a nicer true 1879 Trapdoor Carbine.