Merz Antique Firearms ~ Catalog of Old Guns and Related Items
MR1089 SPRINGFIELD 1868 TRAPDOOR WITH EXPERIMENTAL NICKEL PLATE
Item # MR1089
Cal 50-70 U.S. Govt. 32-1/2" bbl, tompion and folding ladder rear sight. This is one of 30 rifles sent to the Beardslee Mfg. and Nickel Co. to experiment with nickel plating to increase corrosion resistance. They were then issued to various Army units for field trials. Letters from Springfield Research Service and Office of Machine Shop, National Armory, Springfield Mass accompany this rifle. Metal retains most nickel plating with some freckling. Markings are good. Action functions well. Overall wood is good condition with a repair on the right side forearm and typical dings and dents. This rifle is an extraordinary piece of History and would be a great addition to any collection!
Antique $ 3,775.
M05 US SPRINGFIELD CARBINE BOOT
Item # M05
1887 leather carbine boot with Rock Island Arsenal imprinted on it. This is the type with the brass guard on the front. It does have the lower mounting strap but not the upper one. The leather is extremely good for it's age. Hardly any deterioration or cracks. On the back is some old soldier art. Appears to be an arrowhead and a couple of letters that were lightly done over and crossed out. The front is excellent. Nice accessory to add to a Springfield collection!
No License Required $ 675.
MR639 SPRINGFIELD 1840 RIFLE CONVERTED TO MUZZLE LOADER
Item # MR639
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 big long gun.
Antique $ 1,175.
MR596 SPRINGFIELD FENCING MUSKET
Item # MR596
Springfield fencing musket. These guns were made up as training aid. The trapdoors were shortened, the opening latch ground down and the barrels filled with lead to give a more similar weight to a Springfield 1903. Stock shows the SWP/1881 cartouche and proof. Model 1873 rifles were modified and used with a leather covered bayonet for fencing. This fencing musket still has the original lead filled barrel. Overall good to very good with gouges to the stock from use. Forth model with 24" bbl. Missing cleaning rod as well as a hammer. Wood show the usual beatings, mars and dings. Traces of blue on barrel as well as traces of case color on trap door. Overall good condition. Scarce little gun to fill that hole in your Springfield collection! An affordable collectable.
Antique $ 475.
MR627 U.S. SPRINGFIELD TYPE THREE FENCING MUSKET
Item # MR627
Springfield fencing musket. There were about 1500 of these made from 1905-1906. The Type III is similar to the Type II, but shortened to 43-1/2 inches. Stock shows a nice SWP/1884 cartouche and proof. Model 1873 rifles were modified and used with a leather covered bayonet for fencing. This fencing musket still has the original lead filled barrel. Overall good to very good with gouges to the stock from use.This fencing musket is in way above average condition with decent wood, and very nice case colors on the trap door.
Antique $ 775.
MR733 TRAPDOOR SPRINGFIELD CARBINE
Item # MR733
45-70 caliber Springfield carbine with a stock that is in 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 correct carbine 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 usable carbine.
Antique $ 2,475.
MR1127 SPRINGFIELD TRAPDOOR CONVERSION RIFLE
Item # MR1127
Breechblock is marked "Model 1870" over Eagles head, crossed swords and "US". Buttplate is stamped "44B". Overall metal is a brown patina. Wood has been lightly freshened and has some mars, dents and scratches. Left side has partially visible cartouches. Bore has some scattered light pitting.
Antique $ 1,350.
MR1014 HIGH CONDITION SPRINGFIELD TRAPDOOR
Item # MR1014
This is the US Model 1884 45-70 cal. 367k serial range. Very nice Springfield rifle with nearly all finish remaining on metal. A couple spots of light freckling and that is about it. The trapdoor has all case colors remaining and turning dark with age. A very nice cartouche. Inside is just as nice. Complete with bayonet and sheath. Very nice!
Antique $ 1,975.
MR1209 SPRINGFIELD 1868 TRAPDOOR RIFLE
Item # MR1209
Cal 50-70. 32-1/2" bbl, slotted tip ram rod, folding ladder rear sight missing slider and 1863 dated Springfield lock. Bbl, trigger guard and bbl bands are a bright silver color with some freckling. Action is a dull faded blue. Good bore. Wood has been refinished a long time ago and has several handling mars and cracks coming off the buttplate. Non matching numbers.
Antique $ 1,075.
MR1104 SPRINGFIELD ALLIN CONVERSION US MODEL 1866
Item # MR1104
Cal 50-70. 36-1/2" bbl that has been cleaned to a bright silver color as have the bands. Some spots of freckling. 1865 dated lock plate. Standard front and rear open sights. Lock function is tight. Overall wood is in good condition. There is a crack running from the nosecap to the first bbl band. No visible cartouches.
Antique $ 1,775.
MR1126 SPRINGFIELD 1868 TRAPDOOR RIFLE
Item # MR1126
32-1/2" bbl. Marked 1863 on the lock. Breechblock marked with the Eagles head over crossed swords. Overall metal is brown patina. Stock has been refinished and has usual handling mars. Sliding leaf rear sight. Complete with cleaning rod.
Antique $ 1,375.
MSG884 SPRINGFIELD TRAPDOOR MODEL 1881 FORAGER SHOTGUN
Item # MSG884
26" round 20 ga bbl. Bead front sight. VG bore that could use a good cleaning. Carbine style stock in fairly good condition. There are some initials "R T" on the side and a splinter missing at the front. Looks good with some use showing. Bbl is mostly a grey/brown patina color. Lock plate looks the same with good markings. A very early 2-digit serial number 33. I believe there were only about 1,000 of these manufactured. Many used for the troops to furnish game.
Antique $ 2,475.
MR415 US MARKED MODEL 1873 SPRINGFIELD TRAPDOOR SPORTING RIFLE
Item # MR415
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.
MR1064 US SPRINGFIELD CADET RIFLE
Item # MR1064
Caliber 45-70 This is the scarce cadet version of the trapdoor Springfield with the us Springfield 1873 Eagle on the sidelock. This gun shows its age with most the metal being a pleasing antique brown with some blue. Metal is in nice condition. It is equipped with the Buffington rear sight. Nice rifle and a shiny bore with light to moderate pitting and roughness. Overall good condition bore. Wood also is in good condition with numerous dings and scratches etc.
Antique $ 1,175.
W860 RARE 1869 US CADET RIFLE
Item # W860-25-637
This Springfield Cadet has a lock date of 1863 and dated 1870 on the trapdoor. Cal 50-70. 29-5/8" bbl. Bbl is in the white. This one has been carefully cleaned. Serial number 685 on both bbl and breech block and is still very visible. Bbl has nice smooth metal. Receiver has an aged grey patina as does the lock plate. All markings are good. Pretty good bore with just a couple of light spots of pitting. A little roughness but good rifling. I think the bore will clean up well. Gun does have orig ram rod. Wood has overall good cond with a faint cartouche.
Antique $ 1,775.
EXTREMELY RARE MODEL 1873 RICE TROWEL BAYONET
Item # M5-736
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.
MR782 US SPRINGFIELD CADET CONVERSION
Item # MR782-22-462
This is an 1866 second version Allen Trapdoor conversion. Lockplate has the year 1863. Cal 50-70 govt. Metal is a very antique grey color. The lockplate has been re blued as has the hammer. The wood has had a wrist repair with a fairly good job done on it. Very serviceable. Ram rod included. Rare gun and a good collectable for a reasonable price.
Antique $ 1,475 .
MR 751 SPRINGFIELD 1868 TRAPDOOR
Item # MR751 -22-476
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 .
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.
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.