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The .58- and .50-Caliber Rifles and
Carbines of the Springfield Armory,
1865-1872                                 
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275 (5&1/2" x 8&1/2") Pages

To date, there has been no single research source for
information about the post-Civil War small arms that
led to the selection of the .45-70 Springfield rifle and
carbine.
Yet these rifles and carbines are extremely popular with
firearms collectors.
Richard A. Hosmer, a well-known collectorof this period,
has written a concise and comprehensive text on each
of the eighteen rifles and carbines that were developed
at the Springfield National Armory during this seven
year period and field-tested during years that saw the
most intense fighting in the West.
Of these twenty arms, five rifles adopted by the U.S.
Army and one by the Navy were issued for general
service; four models were issued to the cadets at the U.S.
Military Academy at West Point and the U.S. Naval
Academy at Annapolis.
The remaining seven rifles and three carbines were
issued for various periods of field testing.  They were
all variations of the Allin “trapdoor,� Remington,
Sharps, Spencer, Joslyn, and Ward-Burton breech
loading systems.
Mr. Hosmer’s books provides a detailed description of
each rifle and carbine, including markings, finishes, and
dimensions of all pertinent parts.
Each firearm is summarized in a separate table.  
Additional tables list all finishes and markings.
Chapters described the bayonets issued as well as
accouterments and tools.
The book is heavily illustrated with photos of the
firearms and their accouterments.
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