Apache Chief Geronimo with his Springfield Model 1873
The Springfield Model 1873 "Trapdoor" was the first standard-issue breech-loading rifle adopted by the United States Army. It saw extensive combat during the Indian Wars. It featured a hinged breechblock which opened upwards like a trapdoor.
The Trapdoor remained the main service rifle of the United States Military until it was replaced by the Krag-Jorgensen beginning in 1892. The example below is a Carbine version of the full length rifle.
Origin: United States
Military Service: 1873 - 1892
Wars: Indian Wars, Spanish-American War, Philippine-American War
Action: Hinged Breechblock
Magazine: Single Shot
Significance: First standard issue breech-loading rifle adopted by the United States Army. Used by LTC Custer's troops during the Battle of the Little Bighorn.