Just inherited a 1863 Trapdoor Springfield.
Stamped on the top of the trap door - 1869 with an icon directly below resembling a "hat"? over crossed swords?? with U.S. underneath that
On the barrel is stamped 13019.
On the right side plate ...Eagle "U.S. Springfield....1863
On the top of the butt plate U.S. then the number 225
It has a flip up rear sight with graduated numbers 2, 3, 5, 7
Two bands on the barrel...both with a "u" stamped on them.
I was told by a gunsmith...this rifle is chambered for a .45-70
I am looking to find out as much as I can about this piece.
Any help would be greatly appreciated. If someone can just tell me where to look for more info...I would be grateful.
I also have a Winchester 1895 ( made 1901) that I am tracking the history of.
Will soon have a Remington Model 8 to research as well.