Merz Antique Firearms ~ Catalog of Old Guns and Related Items
1855 MODEL SPRINGFIELD SHOULDER STOCK CARBINE
Item # MR698
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.
SPRINGFIELD MODEL 1873 TRAPDOOR
Item # MR761
Original sights. Near excellent bore. Wood is in VG condition probably having been cleaned at one time but still shows a fairly good cartouche on the left hand side. The bbl condition is mostly a plum/brown with traces of blue. Lock plate and side plate as well as the hammer shows very good blue. Probably an old arsenal re finish. Looks very good. Sharp markings. Nice clean attractive little SRC.
Antique $ 1,750.
TRAPDOOR SPRINGFIELD CARBINE
Item # MR733
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
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 MODEL 1884 SRC
Item # MR752
It has the 1875 breech bolt marking. Correct Buffington sight with the scabbard shield on the front of it. Excellent bore. Original wood is VG with a good sharp cartouche. Very minor mars and dings. All metal is generally VG as well with 75-80% slightly toning original blue on the bbl. Breech block has turned mostly a dark silver color. Crisp action. Nice little carbine!
Antique $ 2,175.
SPRINGFIELD TRAPDOOR RIFLE
Item # MR729
Cal 45-70. Buffington rear sight and original front sight. VG+ shootable bore. Original stock shows a fair amount of use but sound and solid with no splits or cracks. Bbl retains 90% original blue. Trapdoor retains 90% vivid case colors. The lock plate has been polished and it is hard to distinguish any of the markings. Other than that it is a decent gun. Should make a good shooter.
Antique $ 875.
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 1890 SPRINGFIELD TRAPDOOR RIFLE
Item # MR691-19-463
Cal 45-70. 190,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 .
1890 SPRINGFIELD TRAPDOOR RIFLE
Item # MR690-19-462
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 .
1868 SPRINGFIELD TRAPDOOR RIFLE
Item # MR712-19-298
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.
VERY SCARCE SHARPS SPRINGFIELD MODEL 1870 MILITARY RIFLE
Item # MR704-19-350
Cal 50-70. Pictured in Frank Sellers Sharps book. He states that only approximately 300 of these were ever manufactured. Features the 74 style frame which is quite unusual. Its in the 250 serial number range. VG original wood having been cleaned but is not undersized. Correct sling swivels. Bbl is in the white. Receiver was originally case hardened and has turned a silvery coloration. Fairly respectable old gun. Complete with original sling swivels, ramrod and a Letter of Authenticity from Frank Sellers, author of the Sharps Rifle Book.
Antique $ 4,975.
DELUXE PRESENTATION 1884 SPRINGFIELD TRAPDOOR RIFLE
Item # MR436-19-459
On the side of the stock is a large, very elaborate, silver presentation plaque, inscribed with "Awarded For Expert Marksmanship." The plaque is approx 3" x 2." Features full-length fancy burl wood in excellent condition. BBL retains about 90%+ blue, the cases colors on trapdoor are somewhat faded but still good case colors showing. Accompanying this gun is a framed photo of a group of sharpshooters holding trapdoor rifles. Very interesting and unique firearm. I've never seen another trapdoor done in this configuration. All original and in excellent condition.
Antique $ 6,500.
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.
RARE SPRINGFIELD MODEL 1884 TRAP DOOR CADET RIFLE
Item # MR509-18-119
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 $ 1,275.
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.
SPRINGFIELD MODEL 1881 US MARKED 20 GAUGE FORAGER SHOTGUN
Item # MR620-19-460
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.
CUSTER RANGE U.S. SPRINGFIELD MODEL 1873 CARBINE
Item # MR236-17-458
Serial number 37,XXX, clean smooth metal-very dark blue plum patina coloration, nice bore. Includes 3-piece cleaning rod in the buttstock. VG wood.
Antique $ 5,750 sale pending.
SPRINGFIELD MODEL 1881 U.S. TRAP DOOR SHOTGUN
Item # MR561-18-400
Frequently called a 'Forager'. Less than 1,300 of these were ever manufactured and this one is in fine cond. Marked '1881' on the block, serial number is 780, fine bore. Orig wood shows some very minor handling marks but no splits or cracks and is in fine cond overall. Bbl is mostly a gun metal grayish coloration, block has turned a nickelly coloration, exc markings on the sideplate. Good, clean, sharp gun. All orig.
Antique $ 3,250.
U.S. SPRINGFIELD MODEL 1873 TRAPDOOR SADDLERING CARBINE IN .45-70 CALIBER
Item # MR305-20-293
22 barrel with Buffington rear sight and the correct Model 1890 protector band, VG bore, overall metal is basically a blue plum patina coloration, VG wood. Serial Number 380,XXX.
Antique $ 2,250.
VERY RARE EXPERIMENTAL 1886 SPRINGFIELD TRAPDOOR CARBINE
Item # MR619-19-353
Cal 45-70. These guns feature a 24" round bbl, Buffington sight and a very unusual full length stock with an uncapped forearm fastened by a single bbl band. The front bbl band has a wrapped around style designed for sliding into a saddle scabbard. There were 1,000 of these made. This gun is in the 334,XXX serial number range. Originality guaranteed 100%. Correct saddle ring and bar still in tact. Excellent bore. Overall metal is a plum-brown color. Traces of blue. 1873 marked trapdoor has excellent markings and traces of case colors. Wood is absolutely untouched and no splits or cracks. Rare gun!
Antique $ 3,950.
1840 SPRINGFIELD RIFLE CONVERTED TO MUZZLE LOADER
Item # MR639-19-351
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.
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.
SPRINGFIELD TRAP DOOR MODEL 1884 RIFLE
Item # MR574-18-120
Caliber 45-70. VG+ bore, orig wood has a sharp cartouche with numerous dings, mars and rack marks, complete with upgraded iron pistol grip cap, orig sights include a hooded front sight. Bbl retains very little blue and is mostly a light gun metal gray coloration, traces of case color on the lock. In generally VG cond overall.
Antique $ 1,095.
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 MODEL 1886 EXPERIMENTAL TRAP DOOR CARBINE
Item # MR565-18-115
This is a very rare, guaranteed all orig little carbine with a 24" bbl, full length carbine style stock, Buffington rear sight, correct 340 serial number range. Appears that the orig wood has been very lightly cleaned and is in very near exc cond, bore is generally VG and could probably clean to exc, correct trap door in the butt with orig cleaning rod. Less than 1,000 of these guns were ever manufactured. Guaranteed all orig; complete with correct sling swivels, sling ring and bar on the side.
Antique $ 5,975.
SPRINGFIELD CADET 1884 RIFLE
Item # MR607-18-411
Light pinprick pitting throughout the metal. Cracked tang at the screw. Wood has been cracked and repaired in several spots but looks pretty good. Original Buffington sight. Has cleaning rod.
Antique $ 675.
U.S. SPRINGFIELD SOCKET
Item # M5-603a-13-401
To accomodate the Model 1873 Springfield carbine. This item measures 2-1/2 long by 2-1/2" in diameter. Has the straps to buckle. Very nice condition, unaltered in any way.
Antique $ 295. sale pending.
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.
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.