Remington/Trapdoor Test Rifle, SN26612

Remington/Trapdoor Test Rifle, SN26612

This rifle is most interesting and very difficult to assess. Here are the facts that we have on the gun:
Remington stenciled on stock.
Musket stock without band springs
Two CW cartouches on stock.
Barrel has five equal lands and grooves. The rifling is shallow, not like the barrels Springfield made for Whitney Arms
The rifling has about a 20 1/2" twist. Barrel has two burst proofs ("P" & "P") on underside of the barrel without anything between them which indicates 1880/81 production.
Bore in rifle is pristine new!
The barrel is marked "TEST 10" and the receiver is marked with a "10" as well as the lock plate, butt plate and there is an "X" in the stock next to the butt plate.
The initials "HN" (Henry Nettleton) is on the receiver, barrel, trigger plate, lock plate, and stock. Theseidentical initials are foubnd on the Hotchkiss rifles and carbines produced about 1880 by Remington/Springfield to find a long arm suitable for the US Navy
Henry Nettleton was a Springfield inspector who worked at the Colt factory and the Remington factory.
"USN" is stamped on the side of the receiver.
A faint "VP" is on the left side of the barrel.
The lock has a two position tumbler.
The trigger plate is very thin and the hammer is an M68/M70 trapdoor type.
The rear sight is a commercially available type and it is mounted with slotted screws that show some wear. The front sight is the blade for an M79 Buckhorn rear sight.
The breech block is the earliest version of M73 blocks with the high arch on the underside, the early stamping and the shallow arch on the right side of the block.
There appears to be color case on the top of the block, but the underside is gray/black
The barrel bands are of the M68 type, but made for the thinner 45-70 barrel.
The rifle is chambered for the 45-70 round.
The cleaning rod is home made. The rod channel does not have a rod lock in it. The rod is retained with the CW spoon.

The repro rod is something a former owner inserted. The correct rod would have been retained by a spoon and threaded into a steel retainer (CW style).

Reviewing the Hotchkiss rifle and carbine photos (pages 256-264) in Dick Hosmer's new book, "More 45-70 Springfields 1873-1893", and reviewing the facts listed above, it appears this rifle is a Remington prototype rifle made for US Navy evaluation.

$2195 + S/H

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