The Ward-Burton Rifle: America's First Military Bolt-Action
During the U.S. military’s search for a breechloading rifle design in the years after the Civil War, America’s first military bolt-action was deemed both novel and sometimes dangerous.
Origins Of The 'Trapdoor' Springfield: The Allin Conversions
Though little known today, the “Allin Conversions” and the other early “Trapdoor Springfields” represent an important part of the evolution of U.S. military small arms.
U.S. Springfield .45-70 Gov’t Trapdoor Carbine
Trapdoor carbines were used from shortly after the Civil War through the 1920s.