1873 Trapdoor question

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  1. Raptor08

    Raptor08 New Member

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    I recently bought an 1873 Springfield trapdoor. The auction said that the bore was pristine (It is) and the rifle is in good working order. It also said that there was no finish on the rifle. When I recieved the rifle, I found this not to be true. It appears that it is nickle plated. I removed the barrel from the stock and the finish looks as good as the the day it was done. There are areas where the finish has come off but this is really no big issue. My question is has anyone seen a trapdoor like this before? I am new to the trapdoor scene and have only seen the blued rifles. This rifle is in great shape and I have a range day next week so I have loaded some BP rounds with 405gr RNHB bullets. Comments?

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  2. zkovach

    zkovach Active Member

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    i havent but i will be the first to say it looks sharp!!
  3. Skipper

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    Is it nickle, or is it just left in the white?
  4. deadin

    deadin Well-Known Member

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    Or polished back to white?
    I've seen a number of plated Trap-Doors over the years. Most were from some VFW or Foreign Legion post that had received them "way back when" to be used for ceremonial purposes and they had them plated for their Honor Guard, etc. (I've also seen the same thing done to M1903 Springfields and Garands. Havent seen a plated M16 yet, but I'm sure I will.....;))
  5. Skipper

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    Pink Chrome:

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    Gold AK:

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    Chopped and plated:

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    I think that's a plated CAR in the middle:

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  6. deadin

    deadin Well-Known Member

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    Only one comment..... BARF!!

    (Strictly my opinion. Obviously there's someone, somewhere that thinks they're the finest available.:p)
  7. Jim K

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    Deadin is correct; that was done not only by vet's posts but also by high schools and colleges when they bought the old guns for their color guards. I have seen a couple of trapdoors painted in what I presume were school colors.

    Jim

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