THE “TRAPDOOR” SPRINGFIELD: FROM THE LITTLE BIGHORN TO SAN JUAN HILL
80pp., fully illus.in colour, P.B. 2018. 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.