Merz Antique Firearms ~ Catalog of Old Guns and Related Items
MR921 TRAPDOOR SPRINGFIELD SRC
Item # MR921
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 $ 1,175 sale pending.
SPRINGFIELD MODEL 1881 US MARKED 20 GAUGE FORAGER SHOTGUN
Item # MR620-22-477
Marked on top of the trapdoor is "Model 1881". Serial number is 675. Approximately 1,000 of these were manufactured. All have a carbine style trigger guard and half stock. Generally VG condition with a plum/brown patina to the bbl. Nice bore. Lock plate shows traces of case color with the balance turning dark. It has the "US" marking on the nickel plated buttplate with a fair amount of nickel remaining. Overall wood is generally VG; very lightly cleaned with a light coat of varnish added. Very scarce little item.
Antique $ 2,900.
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.
1840 SPRINGFIELD 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.
1890 SPRINGFIELD TRAPDOOR RIFLE
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. All original. Complete with model 1884 breech block.
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.
MR745 US SPRINGFIELD BAYONET
Item # MR745
Complete with sheath and also leather frog. The leather frog has the plain button style rosette with belt loop. Some stitching is letting go. Everything is still there. The bayonet itself is in VG+ cond with a lot of orig finish remaining. This would be a fine addition to your Springfield.
No License Required $ 250.
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.
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.
1868 SPRINGFIELD 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 .
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.
SPRINGFIELD FENCING MUSKET
Item # MR596-18-590
Antique $ 475.
US MARKED MODEL 1873 SPRINGFIELD TRAP SPORTING RIFLE
Item # MR415-18-408
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.
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.