This original M1878 "Trapdoor" rifle is in good shape and all original. The lock has a nice, crisp action that holds solid on both full and half cock. The lock plate still retains a lot of its original bluing and has crisp, legible markings. The barrel also has strong stamps. The "trapdoor" action works perfectly and the extractor is intact and functional. The barrel is still full length and both the front and rear sight are original and in good condition, although the slide is missing from the rear sight. The bore and chamber are in good shape with strong rifling and minimal pitting.
The furniture is all original and matching. There is a crack in the front bad which seems to be solid.
The stock is in good condition with nice edges. There are two small "drying cracks" around the lock mortise which appear to be only superficial as the stock is very strong. This 45-70 would be a great shooter or collector's piece.