Originally Posted by Velvet Elvis
Anybody know anything about these? I love it, but know very little about it other than the history of how it came into our possession (not my photo but gun is the same). Model 1873 Springfield.
It's the only gun I own; family heirloom that hasn't been fired for at least 80 years. Can it be tested or inspected for safety, and is ammunition available or could be handmade?
I'm not currently a gun guy, but I can feel it coming on...
The old trapdoor rifle, very cool.
I would indeed have it checked by a gunsmith before firing it, but if a smith gives it a clean bill of health, you can shoot Remington 45-70 through it, here's an article that talks about that: