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ORIGINAL THREE PIECE CLEANING ROD SETS FOR THE MODEL1877 - 1890 SPRINGFIELD TRAPDOOR CARBINE - VERY NICE SETS:  As issued with the Springfield Model 1877 1890 Trapdoor Carbine.   I've been fortunate to locate several of these complete sets in spite of them becoming increasingly difficult to find on the loose.  All are very good to excellent sets to complete your carbine and they are listed individually below with accompanying photographs and descriptions. 


SET No. 1:  This original set of the three piece cleaning rod is in excellent condition, showing little sign of age and no use.  All three sections are full length with clear threads.  There is some minor pitting on all three sections - obviously a matched set and not assembled from loose sections - however, the rods are very presentable and the surfaces are not significantly affected.  (0214)  $275


SET No. 2:  This original set of the three piece cleaning rod is in very nice condition with a unique soldier executed modification. 

While all three pieces are full length with clear threads on the upper two sections, the lower section has been ground to a point.  Although the threads have been eliminated in the sharpening process, enough of the thread lines are still visible to show that this rod section was not shortened in the process and the point is limited to the threaded area only.  It appears that a frontier soldier took it upon himself to exercise a little ingenuity and in addition to having a cleaning rod for his carbine, he now also had a spit on which to roast whatever small game he managed to forage for his evening supper.  This is a very unusual modification and one that is a great example of how the soldiers adapted the issued equipment to suit their needs.  The upper section has some light surface pitting, but this does not detract from the set.  The  two lower sections have a smooth finish and nice clear surfaces.  (0903) $200


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