Description 1884 marked Springfield Trapdoor line throwing gun. Used by the Navy for tethering and transfer of supplies, the .45-70 caliber trapdoor has a barrel shortened to 12-1/2″ and a can attached to the barrel that holds a spool of line that would be connected to a projectile that would be shot using .45-70 blanks from a rifled barrel. These were apparently used up to WWII. There is some oxidation on the front of the barrel and the can appears to have been painted. The stock is in very nice condition with scattered minor marks from handling and use. Antique, Ships to buyers home in US.
Barrel Length: 12.5″
Serial: 44307
Manufacturer: Springfield
Year: 1884
Caliber: 45-70
Model: Trapdoor Line Thrower