Springfield Trapdoor: America’s Breech-Loader

    The Springfield Trapdoor was America’s first standard issue breech-loading rifle beginning in 1873. The advantage of rifles using metallic cartridges was quickly realized, and the hinged breechblock action of the Model 1873 was chosen over competing designs because of the ease by which existing rifles could be converted. In this video we showcase a Model 1884 and do a bit of shooting.

    Alex C.

    Alex is a Senior Writer for The Firearm Blog and Director of TFBTV.