Merz Antique Firearms ~ Catalog of Old Guns and Related Items
MSG884 SPRINGFIELD TRAPDOOR MODEL 1881 FORAGER SHOTGUN
Item # MSG884
26" round 20 ga bbl. Bead front sight. VG bore that could use a good cleaning. Carbine style stock in fairly good condition. There are some initials "R T" on the side and a splinter missing at the front. Looks good with some use showing. Bbl is mostly a grey/brown patina color. Lock plate looks the same with good markings. A very early 2-digit serial number 33. I believe there were only about 1,000 of these manufactured. Many used for the troops to furnish game.
Antique $ 2,475.
MR415 US MARKED MODEL 1873 SPRINGFIELD TRAPDOOR SPORTING RIFLE
Item # MR415
I believe that this is one of the guns that were converted to sporting rifles by the Meacham Arms Co. for frontier use in the 1880's. This is the finest I have ever seen with 99% plus vivid orig case colors and bright vivid blue All orig 30 heavy weight octagon BBL. Checkered wood is like new. The finest in the country.
Antique $ 14,500.
MR1064 US SPRINGFIELD CADET RIFLE
Item # MR1064
Caliber 45-70 This is the scarce cadet version of the trapdoor Springfield with the us Springfield 1873 Eagle on the sidelock. This gun shows its age with most the metal being a pleasing antique brown with some blue. Metal is in nice condition. It is equipped with the Buffington rear sight. Nice rifle and a shiny bore with light to moderate pitting and roughness. Overall good condition bore. Wood also is in good condition with numerous dings and scratches etc.
Antique $ 1,175.
MR1014 HIGH CONDITION SPRINGFIELD TRAPDOOR
Item # MR1014
This is the US Model 1884 IN 45-70 cal. 367k serial range. Very nice Springfield rifle with nearly all finish remaining on metal. A couple spots of light freckling and that is about it. The trapdoor has all case colors remaining and turning dark with age. A very nice cartouche. Inside is just as nice. Complete with bayonet and sheath. Very nice!
Antique $ 1,975.
MR1112 TRAPDOOR SPRINGFIELD SRC
Item # MR1112
Model 1873 in just under 100k serial range. Metal has been cleaned long ago and is a grey color. Starting to age back and doesn't look too bad. Wood has been sanded and oiled years ago. No visible cartouche. Some repaired cracks. A later Buffington sight is on it. Saddle ring and bar are intact. Action is nice and tight and it has a very good plus bore. An affordable carbine.
Antique $ 1,295 sale pending.
MR1074 US SPRINGFIELD INDIAN GUN
Item # MR1074
This would be called an Indian "clone" gun. This is an Allin Conversion model 1866 that has been "sporterized" to an overall length of 37". Bbl is 18-1/4". Cal 50-70. Bbl has a nice antique look to it. Pin prick pitting but really looks the part. Breech block is dated 1866. The lock plate is dated 1864 with the US Springfield marking and the Eagle and Shield. The gun has been shortened and flattened out along the bottom making a cool looking short rifle. Leather lacing holds the forearm on to the bbl. Buttstock has been cut off and has no buttplate. No Indian gun would be complete without many many tacks. They are old but not quite Old West Indian days old. Action works and it has a surprisingly good bore. A cute little gun!!
Antique $ 895.
MR1003 US SPRINGFIELD ALLIN CONVERSION
Item # MR1003
This is the 1st Allin conversion in 58 RF cal. This was the first style of the different trapdoors. These were altered from 1861 percussion muskets at the Springfield Armory in 1865. This lock is marked 1865 along with the Eagle and the US Springfield. Bbl has a deep blue and looks like a re-finish from 100+ years ago. It has aged and looks good. Wood on this gun is in good condition. There is a crack from one stud retainer going forward. These stocks were altered from a 3-band to a 2-band. There is a wooden plug that is much lighter than the rest of the wood on the right side. Overall very nice and rare 1st Allin Conversion.
Antique $ 1,575.
MR1002 SPRINGFIELD ALLIN CONVERSION MUSKET
Item # MR1002
This would be the 2nd series conversion. The trapdoor is marked 1866. Nice markings on the lock of the Eagle and the US Springfield and 1864. These bbls were in the white on these guns as this one is. Smooth metal. Has had some protective coating added. Stock on this gun is very good also with a visible cartouche. No apparent cracks or losses of wood. A good looking old Springfield.
Antique $ 1,895.
MR1028 VERY RARE METCALFE SPRINGFIELD
Item # MR1028
The Metcalfe part of this Springfield is the "Metcalfe Device" which was a cartridge holder on the side of a Trapdoor Springfield rifle. The device was a wooden cartridge block to carry extra ammunition. Built into the gun was the holder part. This Springfield has that. You rarely ever see those. This gun is a 1873 Trapdoor. 68k serial range. The idea was actually pretty good. They were issued with the pre-loaded blocks to carry on your belt. You would just exchange it on the rifle for a fresh one. Kind of like having an extra clip on the side of your gun. This turned out to be one of those good ideas that never took. The rifle itself is beautiful. Nearly all finish remains. An aging blue to the bbl. Still case colors on the receiver. Very nice markings on the side lock. Also a good cartouche on the left side. Wood is exceptional for being an early Trapdoor Springfield. This rifle was specifically made for the Metcalfe device. There is a lot of Springfields out there but very few like this!
Antique $ 5,100.
M05 US SPRINGFIELD CARBINE BOOT
Item # M05
1887 leather carbine boot with Rock Island Arsenal imprinted on it. This is the type with the brass guard on the front. It does have the lower mounting strap but not the upper one. The leather is extremely good for it's age. Hardly any deterioration or cracks. On the back is some old soldier art. Appears to be an arrowhead and a couple of letters that were lightly done over and crossed out. The front is excellent. Nice accessory to add to a Springfield collection!
No License Required $ 675.
MR919 MODEL 1881 TRAPDOOR
Item # MR919
Also called the Trapdoor shotgun or Forager. They were made from early to mid 1880's. This one does have the proper 1881 marking. Another oddity of these was they had special serial number ranges. This one is 439 of less than 1,400 manufactured. A real chocolate brown patina on the bbl. Some pitting midway. Other light freckling throughout. The trapdoor has a nice chocolate color. The sidelock is more grey and has good markings. The Eagle is very visible along with the US Springfield marking. Stock is in relatively good cond. It has been lightly cleaned although not very much since the orig cartouche shows up and almost readable. These carbines were in 20 ga. A rare collectable item.
Antique $ 2,375.
W860 RARE 1869 US CADET RIFLE
Item # W860-25-637
This Springfield Cadet has a lock date of 1863 and dated 1870 on the trapdoor. Cal 50-70. 29-5/8" bbl. Bbl is in the white. This one has been carefully cleaned. Serial number 685 on both bbl and breech block and is still very visible. Bbl has nice smooth metal. Receiver has an aged grey patina as does the lock plate. All markings are good. Pretty good bore with just a couple of light spots of pitting. A little roughness but good rifling. I think the bore will clean up well. Gun does have orig ram rod. Wood has overall good cond with a faint cartouche.
Antique $ 1,775.
EXTREMELY RARE MODEL 1873 RICE TROWEL BAYONET
Item # M5-736
For use on Springfield rifles. This bayonet was designed by General Rice. It actually was kind of a good idea but it just didn't work out. The idea was that it would be a combination bayonet/digging tool. It really didn't do either very well. For one thing, the high brass didn't like it because it looked goofy in parades having a shovel on the end of a gun, and in the field it didn't work so good because soldiers were prone to leave it on the rifle while they were trying to dig a hole, thus either plugging the muzzle or even possibly bending the bbl if they got into rocky terrain. These were used for a short time by a couple of different units. Anyway, it makes for a very good collectable. These are in VG+ condition. They have some age markings to them but are still very nice. No dings and alot of blue remaining on the handle. A very unique item for anyone with a Springfield collection.
MR639 SPRINGFIELD 1840 RIFLE CONVERTED TO MUZZLE LOADER
Item # MR639
Features a 42" bbl. 69 cal. Gun retains all the correct features such as 3 retaining bbl bands. Lock is marked "D. Nippes" followed with US markings underneath. Also on the lock plate is marked "Mill Creek PA 1841". Overall gun is generally VG with good cartouches. Metal has turned plum-brown patina. Correct sling swivels still intact. Mechanical cond is VG. A few minor dings and a small crack in front of the lock plate. Other than that it is a very fine all original untouched little gun.
Antique $ 1,175.
MR690 1890 SPRINGFIELD TRAPDOOR CARBINE
Item # MR690
Improved Model 1884 type sight with the guard in front of the sight for allowing the carbine to slip into a boot without damaging the sight. Original wood shows some minor usage. Good bore. Overall gun is VG with some scuffs on the stock and a plum patina to the metal. Complete with model 1884 breech block. Missing saddle ring.
Antique $ 1,750 .
MR777 US SPRINGFIELD CONVERSION
Item # MR777 -22-464
32-1/2" bbl with 2 bands. It does have the Allin trapdoor dated 1866. Lockplate is dated 1862. Also the Eagle and US Springfield on the lockplate. The eagle has had some polishing done and the marking has dimmed some. Clean smooth metal on the gun. Wood cond is amazing for a gun this age. Mechanics are very good. Cleaning rod is present. Cal 50. Not certain if this conversion was done at Springfield, some arsenal or some one such as Boker or Bannerman? Lots of eye appeal for not a lot $$.
Antique $ 1,775.
MR782 US SPRINGFIELD CADET CONVERSION
Item # MR782-22-462
This is an 1866 second version Allen Trapdoor conversion. Lockplate has the year 1863. Cal 50-70 govt. Metal is a very antique grey color. The lockplate has been re blued as has the hammer. The wood has had a wrist repair with a fairly good job done on it. Very serviceable. Ram rod included. Rare gun and a good collectable for a reasonable price.
Antique $ 1,475 .
MR698 - 1855 MODEL SPRINGFIELD SHOULDER STOCK CARBINE
Item # MR698 -25-635
Dated on the lock is 1856. Has the Maynard tape primer device. Marked "US Springfield" on the front part of the lock. Overall gun is generally in VG condition with a light gunmetal grey patina. Brass forend tip and bbl band as well as the buttplate. Stock is VG condition with US markings on upper part of the buttplate. Brass device for attachment to the stock. Correct folding leaf rear sight. Good markings. Untouched wood. No splits or cracks. Nice clean better than average original gun.
Antique $ 8,500.
MR733 TRAPDOOR SPRINGFIELD CARBINE
Item # MR733-22-478
This gun is complete with 1889 cartouche, quite faint but readable. The stock is generally VG condition with one spot of missing wood near the lockplate. Solid with normal handling mars. Metal finish is about 80% bbl blue and also equipped with ladder sight. Some case colors remain on the trapdoor. Side plate is mostly a blue/brown coloration. This is a 3-groove bore in good to VG condition. Solid tight carbine.
Antique $ 2,475.
MR 751 SPRINGFIELD 1868 TRAPDOOR
Item # MR751 -22-476
U.S. Springfield 1863 marked on lockplate.Early 13,XXX serial range. This gun has been completely nickel plated including the bayonet. All nickel parts retain a nice aged metal patina with some flaking on the breech block. Original wood is VG+ with only a few light mars and dings. Complete with original sling swivels and original leather sling. This gun was probably made up for parade.
Antique $ 1,175 .
MR708 SPRINGFIELD TRAPDOOR MODEL 1873 SRC
Item # MR708-19-297
133,XXX serial range. Bbl mostly a plum/brown coloration. Overall gun has VG markings, good bore and nice functioning action. Correct sight. Sound wood with an old crack that has been nicely repaired at the back of the receiver. A small chip missing from the buttplate area. Other than that it is a sound pretty good looking Trapdoor rifle.
Antique $ 1,675.
1868 SPRINGFIELD TRAPDOOR RIFLE
Item # MR712-22-475
Marked on the side plate "1863" and on the breech "1869" . Fine bore. VG wood lightly cleaned but not sanded or undersized. A few light mars and dings. Missing the ramrod. Correct sights. Bbl is a light grey/brown patina and breech block is possibly an old arsenal refinish. Nice clean original gun except where noted with correct sling swivels.
Antique $ 1,175.
1795 SPRINGFIELD FLINTLOCK MUSKET
Item # MR657-19-473
This is the Type 1 Springfield with 45" bbl. The pan and frizzen work very nicely with spring being just fine. The hammer spring does not work. It is loose as is the trigger. Evidently the spring is broken. Pretty much all there with the bbl bands, sling swivels, the iron furniture and even the ram rod. For being 220 plus years old, it is pretty good looking and has aged gracefully. It would look absolutely perfect above the fireplace. Definitely a piece of American History!
Antique $ 4,500.
MR596 SPRINGFIELD FENCING MUSKET
Item # MR596-18-590
Antique $ 475.
MR627 U.S. SPRINGFIELD TYPE THREE FENCING MUSKET
Item # MR627-19-471
Antique $ 775.
VERY RARE SPRINGFIELD FENCING MUSKET
Item # MR595-18-122
I believe this to be the forked variation which has the lead filled bore. Missing the hammer. These originally were cut to 24". Overall gun has the usual scuffs and dings to the wood but sound with no splits or cracks. Blue-brown patina coloration to bbl. Case colors on the lock plate. Missing sling swivels and cleaning rod. Very scarce gun. Only a couple thousand of these were ever manufactured.
Antique $ 575.
2ND TYPE HEADLESS SHELL EXTRACTOR FOR SPRINGFIELD
Item # ELS-N160
MODEL 1882 HEADLESS SHELL EXTRACTOR FOR .45-70 SPRINGFIELD
Item # ELS-N159X
A unique tool that is hard to find. VG+ condition. 2 available.
Antique $ 65/ each.