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Pedersoli Officer's Model 1873 Trapdoor .45-70, $1,100

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Shorter and significantly lighter than the full-length rifle, the Officer's Model Trapdoor had a handful of extras that included case coloring on the action and trim parts, checkering, and a fine, fancy forend cap.

Pedersoli Officer's Model 1873 Trapdoor .45-70, $1,100

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The rear sight had a slight detent to keep it in place when raised. The checkering had a pleasing pattern, but was not perfectly pointed-up, especially near the borders on the forend.
The aperture rear sight folded rearward for easier packing. The small screw visible behind the trigger adjusted the single set let off. We left it alone. This model had hammer and lockplate in the white. It was an attractive combination.
The Officer's rear sight gave us fits as we tried to adjust it. The outside of the aperture was knurled, and the whole aperture was the bolt that held things tight. There were no references, and there was a windage aspect to this sight too. It was beautifully made, with a case-colored "ladder." Once adjusted, it worked well.
Here's the steel forend cap, left in the white and well inletted into the wood. The ramrod is wood, and didn't stay put well enough.

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