Merz Antique Firearms ~ Catalog of Old Guns and Related Items
MR1044 RARE SPRINGFIELD MODEL 1884 TRAP DOOR CADET RIFLE
Item # MR1044
Correct 29-1/2 bbl. In fine overall cond with some case colors remaining on the trap door, bbl retains almost all blue which is starting to tone to a pleasing antique patina coloration. Wood is in VG cond but shows some handling marks and there are a few rack numbers on the stock; no cracks or losses of wood. Correct orig sights, VG bore. Very nice, rare gun.
Antique $ 1,350.
MR1005 US SPRINGFIELD PERCUSSION
Item # MR1005
The lock is marked 1861. This is percussion and the bbl has been cut to 21". Stock has also been sporterized. A very aged patina to the metal. Wood is pretty good. It has been re-varnished years ago. Action works. No front sight.
Antique $ 325 sale pending.
MR994 SCARCE US SPRINGFIELD CADET RIFLE
Item # MR994
This is a US model 1884 in 45-70. Just under 500k serial range. Nice overall cond with aging blue and most coverage. Still nice case colors on the trapdoor. Frame, side plate and hammer have been re-finished. Stock has also been redone. A nice job was done and its a nice looking gun. Cartouche is still visible. Gun has a 1907 military sling on it. VG+ bore. A lot of gun for not a lot of money.
Antique $ 795.
MR998 US SPRINGFIELD 1884
Item # MR998
This is the US model 1884 Trapdoor Springfield in cal 45-70 with the unique sliding spike bayonet. A good looking rifle with the majority of the bbl blue remaining. Case color on the frame and trapdoor. Nice solid action. VG+ bore. Stock matches the rest of the gun being VG. A visible cartouche dated 1891. There is a number 7 on the left hand side of the stock and a 7 and 18 on the right side. There is also a painted symbol on the very top of the gun. These would be different unit and rack numbers. A nice Trapdoor!
Antique $ 995.
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.
MR985 ANTIQUE US KRAG
Item # MR985
This is a US Springfield Krag rifle marked Model 1896 . Serial number 88k. Early style stock with the early cut out for the bolt. Rounded magazine. No doubt it has been through an arsenol re-do a time or two. Still orig as arsenol re-done. Nice cond on both wood and metal. Some usage marks but that is not even too bad. A lot of old Krags do not have good bores but this one has a VG+ bore. The US Krag is kind of the black sheep of the military rifle family. Krags actually are very excellent rifles. They are good shooting and a 30-40 Krag cartridge is a very good cartridge.
Antique $ 975.
MR986 EARLY US KRAG RIFLE
Item # MR986
Date stamp is 1894. Serial number is 8060. This is an early US Springfield Krag in very good overall cond. A good looking rifle! A lot of bbl blue on it. Wood is overall very nice cond. It does have the early style relief of the bolt handle. Also the rounded style side mag. I know that all these guns have been through the arsenal and redone etc. But all that aside this is a very nice early Krag rifle. To top it off it has a good to VG bore. You don't find a lot of Krags in the antique serial range but this one is.
Antique $ 875.
MR1009 US SPRINGFIELD
Item # MR1009
Trapdoor Springfield rifle. Marking on the trapdoor is 1873. Serial number shows 54k. I think there is a number missing and don't know the actual serial number. This has the later sight and also a hooded front sight. Cleaning rod is present. Wood is not in too bad of shape. A few dings here and there. Also some one used a pocket knife to put 1929 and an arrow on the side of the stock. Appears like the frame, trapdoor and side plate were refinished years ago. It has aged back. The bbl has pretty decent blue on it. Bore is Good to VG. A real trapdoor for not a lot of money.
Antique $ 695.
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.
MR1000 US SPRINGFIELD CARBINE
Item # MR1000
A well used but decent looking Trapdoor. Most of the finish is gone on the front half of the bbl. Some blue remains in the protected area around the sight. Frame is mostly a grey color with hints of case color. Gun is in the 415k serial range. Trapdoor hinge is nice and tight. Good hammer and trigger springs and also a VG bore. Wood is average for one of these. Several dings and handling marks. No cartouche visible. A crack on the right side of the forearm but all wood is present. Good fitting wood even to the buttplate. Rear sight is marked "C" for carbine. A decent carbine that is fairly priced.
Antique $ 1,395 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.