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The "Trapdoor" Springfield

From the Little Bighorn to San Juan Hill. Weapon 62

By (author) John Langellier
Illustrated by Alan Gilliland, Steve Noon
Format: Paperback / softback
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC, United Kingdom
Imprint: Osprey Publishing
Published: 28th Jun 2018
Dimensions: w 182mm h 241mm d 4mm
Weight: 265g
ISBN-10: 1472819705
ISBN-13: 9781472819703
Barcode No: 9781472819703
Intended to replace the proliferation of different small arms fielded by US forces during the American Civil War, the "Trapdoor Springfield" was designed in 1865-66 by Erskine S. Allin. Using metallic cartridges, it could be loaded in a single action, increasing the number of shots per minute as much as fivefold. The new weapon quickly proved its worth in two separate incidents in August 1867: small groups of US soldiers and civilians armed with the trapdoor repulsed numerically superior Native American contingents. A simple and cost-effective weapon, it was used, along with its variants in every US conflict in the three decades after the Civil War, especially on the American frontier. Drawing upon first-hand accounts from US soldiers, their Native American opponents, and users such as buffalo hunters, this is the story of the "Trapdoor Springfield", one of the defining weapons of the Indian Wars.

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