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Offline big50

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Indian War re-enactor looking for a trapdoor to carry and use.  Anyone have a reproduction or a parts gun or a cutdown for sale?
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Re: Would like to buy a "shooter" grade trapdoor or reproduction there of
« Reply #1 on: January 15, 2009, 05:07:25 pm »
Hello!
   Are you looking for a rifle or carbine?  What sort of parts gun are you looking for?
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Re: Would like to buy a "shooter" grade trapdoor or reproduction there of
« Reply #2 on: January 15, 2009, 06:55:12 pm »
I'm looking for a Trapdoor Carbine myself
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Re: Would like to buy a "shooter" grade trapdoor or reproduction there of
« Reply #3 on: January 15, 2009, 09:07:10 pm »
I am looking for a carbine.  Something that I can carry mounted ...and not really affect the valve of it too drastically.  So a parts gun that LOOKS like a 1873 Springfield carbine would be great.

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Re: Would like to buy a "shooter" grade trapdoor or reproduction there of
« Reply #4 on: January 15, 2009, 11:17:55 pm »
About 15 years or so ago, Dixie quietly started buying up original Trapdoors.

They were ubiquitous at the gun shows, and as a result - fairly cheap.

Then - someone noticed the buying pattern, and prices rose, and reference books got themselves published.

As a result, there really aren't any 'shooter' Trapdoors now, as folks are collecting and restoring them - and since restoration is pretty straightforward, there's little to worry about, unless someone decides to fake a carbine - so anything that's found will be just that - 'found'.

Replicas were made by Harrington & Richardson and are made by Pedersoli, but you pay a price that's commensurate with originals at times.

Nevertheless, there were an awful lot released to the public, and closets and attics abound, so put out feelers locally to see who might have 'what' and you may be pleasantly surprised.

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Re: Would like to buy a "shooter" grade trapdoor or reproduction there of
« Reply #5 on: January 16, 2009, 09:06:45 am »
St. George,
Yes sir, I understand that my "best" chance is finding one locally.  I agree 100% with you.  The gentleman's challenge apparently is that he feels that he needs it before some soon upcoming event.  I have been "looking out" for one for a couple of months locally, asking a few locals traders and folks who make the dog swaps and flea markets to be on the look out for one.  Again  Thank you for you advice.  I really enjoy your informative, educational posts and views.  I always look forward to reading your posts.
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Re: Would like to buy a "shooter" grade trapdoor or reproduction there of
« Reply #6 on: January 16, 2009, 09:29:03 am »
De nada, I'm glad to do it and I appreciate your kind comments.

Thank you.

Asking around at the flea markets and gun shows is a good idea, but the folks who set up there are looking at you with dollar signs in their beady little eyes, and 'if' they ever find something, rest assured they'll research it to death before they price it.

Here's a place I bet you haven't tried in your quest - your local Barber Shop...

Depending upon your town, the older Barber Shop can be a place where older guys just go to BS, and the older they are - the better your chance might be in locating something of interest.

Again, thanks, and Good Luck.

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Re: Would like to buy a "shooter" grade trapdoor or reproduction there of
« Reply #7 on: January 16, 2009, 09:40:58 am »
They still have barber shops?   ??? ;D
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Re: Would like to buy a "shooter" grade trapdoor or reproduction there of
« Reply #8 on: January 16, 2009, 10:51:14 am »
Yes DD, On a slow day, I go down to the barber shop and watch a few haircuts.
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Re: Would like to buy a "shooter" grade trapdoor or reproduction there of
« Reply #9 on: January 16, 2009, 12:38:07 pm »
Good Day Sir!

Speaking of Trapdoor Carbines, this guy has no feedback, so a face to face deal is all I would consider for this Italian reproduction.

 http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/SellerAuctions.asp?User=1204692

Sometimes, these no feedback sellers are dishonest people. Otherwise, practice "Buyer Beware" and you may get an outstanding  deal if you play your cards right!

 I would send him a message and ask him if he would consider a face to face sale. If he does not reply, I would not try to deal with him.

A GAF member that is local to the seller could help you out by making sure it is sent to an FFL in your area, which is perfectly legal.

Good Luck!




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Re: Would like to buy a "shooter" grade trapdoor or reproduction there of
« Reply #10 on: January 16, 2009, 02:18:33 pm »
Good Day Sir!

Speaking of Trapdoor Carbines, this guy has no feedback, so a face to face deal is all I would consider for this Italian reproduction.

 http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/SellerAuctions.asp?User=1204692

Sometimes, these no feedback sellers are dishonest people. Otherwise, practice "Buyer Beware" and you may get an outstanding  deal if you play your cards right!

 I would send him a message and ask him if he would consider a face to face sale. If he does not reply, I would not try to deal with him.

A GAF member that is local to the seller could help you out by making sure it is sent to an FFL in your area, which is perfectly legal.

Good Luck!




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Re: Would like to buy a "shooter" grade trapdoor or reproduction there of
« Reply #11 on: January 16, 2009, 03:08:39 pm »
I think the sleeper on that listing is the Garrett Sharps.

You're right DD, lots of mistakes in spelling, too! I smell a scam. . . .or somebody trying to sell something they really have no business selling.
'beesley' for Bisley
'procution' for percussion

Kinda makes whatever grading system worthless. "I'd give it a 8 or a 9.5. . . ." ??? ::) ???

I suppose if it's got a good beat and it's easy to dance to. . .
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Re: Would like to buy a "shooter" grade trapdoor or reproduction there of
« Reply #12 on: January 16, 2009, 07:23:15 pm »
www.trapdoors.com   fun to look thru, plenty of parts some good prices. Several cut down rifles well priced in the Carbine section. Your best bet for a repro might be a Pedersoli Carbine from Cabelas.

Though the best price I've found on line is here:  http://www.cherrys.com/ped_cart.htm
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Re: Would like to buy a "shooter" grade trapdoor or reproduction there of
« Reply #13 on: January 17, 2009, 11:36:22 am »
Nice looking rifles on that website Sgt Drydock.

Those Gunbroker auctions I posted do seem ridiculous. That is why many will not bid and the guns may go cheap. Sometimes these no feedback sellers are trying to cash in on inherited guns and just for the heck of it, I sent the seller a message asking if he would consider a face to face deal. No answer back as I suspected, but I may get a surprise, who knows. It would be worth the trip if they went cheap, but, I use original guns.

 I have bought quite a few guns over this electronic telegraph picture machine for half to a quarter of what they are worth and have not been swindled yet, but I tread very, very carefully. ;)

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Re: Would like to buy a "shooter" grade trapdoor or reproduction there of
« Reply #14 on: January 17, 2009, 10:45:26 pm »
Thank all of you for your input, advice and wisdom.  I am still looking but I have not a lot of luck yet.  I can buy a good clean 1880's infantry rifle from a gentleman in my church for 350 dollars BUT 1) I have two trap door rifles alread and 2) I am loath to ruin a good old gun just so that we can get a saddle gun.  I am hopeful the gentleman that Mr. Issac found turns out be be okay.  I am going to bid on that reproduction trapdoor and see.  Again Thank all of you for your insight and opinions.  That is one of the many reason I so value CAS City
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Re: Would like to buy a "shooter" grade trapdoor or reproduction there of
« Reply #15 on: January 18, 2009, 08:22:39 am »
$350 is an amazing deal for a good Trapdoor and would most likely buy it if I were yourself, but am also against the butchering of military rifles because of their provenance and also because there are many that are so modified.

Please, be very careful with that seller on Gunbroker. I believe the good people of the Grand Army of the Frontier to be such that they adhere to a code of integrity from a bygone era and are several levels beyond the types that are so prevalent today, that being the types that are prone to achieve personal gain at the expense of their fellow man and I would be much disturbed to see a member of this fine organization swindled.

     

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Re: Would like to buy a "shooter" grade trapdoor or reproduction there of
« Reply #16 on: January 18, 2009, 09:54:57 am »
Buy the one you can ween in person for 350 then sell it or trade it for a good carbine. 
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Re: Would like to buy a "shooter" grade trapdoor or reproduction there of
« Reply #17 on: January 18, 2009, 11:28:41 am »
These original Trap Doors are getting scarce. I found a 1873 Model rifle that was made into a carbine. I was planning to shoot BP in it. I would be afraid of shooting anything else through it. I don't know much about these old rifles or what they're worth. I think it would be neat to own one and be able to shoot it.  What is a good price for it?
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Re: Would like to buy a "shooter" grade trapdoor or reproduction there of
« Reply #18 on: January 18, 2009, 01:37:57 pm »
A good cutdown generally pulls at least $300. Now with the current situation, all guns seem to have spiked in price.

The factory loads for 45/70 are mild and are OK in an original in halfway decent shape. The ears where the hinge pin goes through look like a weak design, but it is actually straight through the breech block to the cam latch and the recess where it locks into the breech plug that takes the brunt of the explosive force. If you see one of the M1866 50/70 musket conversions to the Allin trapdoor system, the ears are actually soldered with a couple of screws that hold the assembly to the barrel!

One of my older manuals lists loads separately for the .45 Springfield Service Rifle and the M1886 Winchester, the Winchester being superior in strength, and reloads of unknown origin can be very dangerous. The Carbine load was actually 55 grains of black powder with a filler and 405 grain bullet, vice 70 with a 405 or 500 for the rifle. The Rifle rounds fired in the Carbine are a bit lively!

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Re: Would like to buy a "shooter" grade trapdoor or reproduction there of
« Reply #19 on: January 25, 2009, 07:56:41 pm »
Well I found something.  It is an old cut down, with a "reworked" trigger guard and a saddle ring.  The ram rod channel has been plugged and where the rear sling swivel was has also been plugged.  It still has rifle sights but I ended up with a shooter so the guy who has been looking for it is pleased.  Thank all of you gentlemen for you insight, advice, and suggestions.
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