Original stock, original barrel, original chamber and lock. This is one of the best looking examples of a Trapdoor Springfield I've seen. You have a real piece of history there!
- Fact 1: The Springfield originally used copper cartridges, but because copper expands when heated, the cartridges would get stuck in the barrel. Brass was eventually used instead.
- Fact 2: Custer's battalion at Little Bighorn was primarily armed with the Springfield carbine, and the jamming of the copper cartridges may have played a role in their defeat.
- Fact 3: The cartridge for the Springfield Trapdoor was originally designated as “.45-70-405”: a .45 caliber, 405-grain bullet propelled by 70 grains of black powder.
- Fact 4: There were two variations of the Springfield issued: the standard 70-grain version and a lighter 50-grain version, issued to mounted troops who needed a gun with less recoil.
- Fact 5: The Springfield Trapdoor rifle was first issued to American troops in 1873, and was primarily used during battles with Native Americans.