Merz Antique Firearms ~ Catalog of Old Guns and Related Items
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 .
MR833 SPRINGFIELD 1873 SRC
Item # MR833-23-428
Relatively early trapdoor carbine in the 128k serial range. Bbl is an aged blue. Lock plate also has the aged patina. Ring bar and saddle ring are present. Orig ladder type carbine sight. Wood has seen some use and abuse but is solid with no cracks or losses. Cartouche is worn off. Nice shiny bore with good rifling. Good looking piece of American History!
Antique $ 2,150.
MR840 CUT DOWN 1873 SPRINGFIELD TRAPDOOR RIFLE
Item # MR840-23-420
Front sight is a replacement that looks to be correct. Wood has had the ram rod channel filled in and is very hard to detect. This gun falls in the early trapdoor Custer era with serial number being 22k range. Someone made a very good copy of a Custer era trapdoor carbine. Missing saddle ring. Early style butt. Wood is in VG cond with only a few light mars and dings. Bbl is mostly plum/brown color with good traces of blue. Breech block has turned silver/brown. Sharp markings on the side plate. An interesting gun that someone could have some fun with.
Antique $ 1,295.
MR811 MODEL 1868 SPRINGFIELD AKA “TRAPDOOR”
Item # MR811-122-474
These guns were made by Springfield Armory using some parts from earlier Springfields such as this one with a lock plate date of 1863. These originally were built as a trapdoor and are not a conversion. This was the culmination of efforts made to come up with what would become the famed 1873 Trapdoor in a few years. Cal 50-70 govt. This is a nice example with the metal being correctly in the white. Nice clean smooth metal. Good markings. Wood is also near exceptional with very nice fitting to the upper tang and lower tang lockplate and buttplate. There are several small dings typical for a gun of this age. This gun is overall VG condition as is the bore. Comes with cleaning rod. A nice piece of American History!
Antique $ 1,775 sale pending.
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.
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.
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.
1855 MODEL SPRINGFIELD SHOULDER STOCK CARBINE
Item # MR698 -21-377
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.
MODEL 1873 SPRINGFIELD TRAPDOOR SRC
Item # MR691-22-481
Cal 45-70. 187,XXX serial range with an excellent bore. Overall metal is excellent with about 40-45% thinning blue. Case colors still evident but starting to turn dark. Original wood has correct inspectors markings and in VG+ condition. All original.
Antique $ 2,250 .
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.
US MARKED FLARE GUN
Item # MHG493-19-442
Shoots an approximate 1-1/2" diameter flare. This is in the pistol variety with a 4" bbl and a pistol grip. Marked on the gun is "US Property Pistol Pyrotechnic M-8." You never know when you might need a flare gun! For only $275 you can have one!
Antique $ 275.
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.
EXTREMELY RARE MODEL 1873 RICE TROWEL BAYONET
Item # M5-736-17-455
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.
EXTREMELY RARE FULL LENGTH TRAPDOOR STOCK ONLY
Item # MR645-17-457
Made for the experimental Springfield with the Metcalfe cartridge block attachment. These guns were made in a limited amount in approximately 1876. It is believed that none of them were ever issued. There were possibly one thousand of them made and most of them were disassembled, I guess, shortly afterwards. This stock is in fine condition with a few minor chips of wood missing. It shows no use. It has a crisp, sharp cartouche. No splits or cracks. If you had the right parts you could assemble a very interesting Springfield experimental rifle. Stock only.
Antique $ 1,250.
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
This fencing musket is in way above average condition with decent wood, VG bore and very nice case colors on the trap door. Nice cartouche dated 1884.
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.
SPRINGFIELD CADET 1884 RIFLE
Item # MR607-18-411
Antique $ 675.
VERY SCARCE U.S. CAVALRY PATTERN 1885 CARBINE BOOT TO ACCOMODATE THE MODEL 1873 SPRINGFIELD CARBINE
Item # M5-603-13-398
This model has the brass reinforcement in the front; complete with two straps going around the exterior of the boot as well as one strap over the top that would connect it to the McClellan saddle. Overall cond is exc with a heavy dark coloration, sound leather, no tears. All complete, fine item, hard to find.
Antique $ 575 sale pending.
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.