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Rifle & Musket Bayonets from after the Civil War
Edged Weapons
Scarce Cadet Version of the 1873 Socket Bayonet for an Indian War Springfield Rifle
Item #: A6988
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Here is an original socket bayonet for the "trapdoor" Springfield rifle. They look almost identical to the Civil War socket bayonets except they have a smaller socket. This is to fit the smaller bore size of the trapdoor rifle design. What makes this one extra special is that it is one of the smaller overall version that were made for the Cadet version of the 1873 Springfield. in Reilly's book of American Socket Bayonets and Scabbards he tell of how they made a total of 22,088 of these rifles between 1874 and 1893. The metal of the bayonet has an nice untouched appearance with the scattered pitting. At the base of the full-length blade it was made with the clear US stamping. On the socket it has the original lock ring and screw intact and they still pivot. This is a very nice display piece that is a style you seldom see.

Shipping Weight: 3 lbs
$145.00 USD

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