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US Springfield Model 1871 Rolling Block .50-70 Rifle

Availability: In stock

$5,250.00

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Built by Springfield in 1872, this US Springfield Model 1871 is in outstanding condition. The rifle retains its burnished finish on the barrel, barrel bands and butt plate. The receiver retains its colour case hardened finish. The walnut woodwork has minor dings and scratches. This is an outstanding example of the US Springfield Model 1871 Rolling Block rifle.

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Introduced at the Paris Exposition in 1867, within one year the Remington 'Rolling Block' rifle had been adopted as the service rifle of several nations, including Sweden, Norway and Denmark.

In 1869 the Navy Bureau of Ordnance selected the .50 caliber Remington Rolling Block for use by both the US Navy and Marines after testing several designs. An order was placed for 10,000 rifles, manufactured by Springfield Armory under a royalty agreement with Remington, designated the Model 1870. After the rifles were produced, Navy inspectors realized that the rear sights had been positioned too close to the chamber, making the weapon unsafe for use. All 10,000 rifles were rejected, and were subsequently sold to France for use in the Franco-Prussian War. Following the sale of these defective rifles a further 12,000 Model 1870 rifles were ordered by the Navy.

Following the success of the Model 1870, the Governor of New York ordered 15,000 Remington Rolling Block rifles and bayonets for the state's militia. Similar to the Model 1870, these rifles, designated the Model 1871, differed in some details. Field experience with the Model 1870 showed that the mechanism jammed too easily in dusty conditions. Users also did not like loading the weapon at full cock. The Model 1871 included a locking bolt in the breech mechanism. The user pulled the hammer to the full cock position, retracted the breech block spur to expose the chamber, and inserted the cartridge. When the breech block closed, the hammer automatically fell to the half cock position, and the weapon could not be fired until the hammer was once again pulled to the full cock position.

Over 20,000 Model 1871 rifles were eventually purchased by the state of New York. The US Army did not greet the Remingtons with much enthusiasm, despite its superiority to the standard issue Springfield Model 1870. Foreign sales of the weapon were much more successful. Denmark ordered many of the Model 1870 and 1871 rifles. In 1873, Spain ordered 50,000 Model 1871 rifles, which were delivered in 1875. Numerous other countries, such as France, Chile, Argentina, Cuba, Greece, and Puerto Rico also purchased this rifle.

Built by Springfield in 1872, this US Springfield Model 1871 is in outstanding condition. The rifle retains its burnished finish on the barrel, barrel bands and butt plate. There are minor scractches and blemishes to this finish only, apart from a deeper scratch on the barrel. The receiver retains its colour case hardened finish. The walnut woodwork has minor dings and scratches. The markings on both metal and wood are crisp and clear and the rifle has not been refurbished. The rifle does not appear to have seen use and the rifling is excellent. This is an outstanding example of the US Springfield Model 1871 Rolling Block rifle.