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At the end of the Civil War (1865), the war department had to replace the excellent muzzle loading muskets with metallic cartridge rifles. Between 1865 and 1866 appeared the first transformation of a muzzle loading Springfield musket made by Allin and on 1868 the first “Trapdoor Rifle” was built, further modified on 1870; three years later a new rifle in the .45-70 caliber answered to all the exigencies. During the following 20 years quite a big number of Springfield Trapdoor rifles have been manufactured, among them also many versions with smooth barrel for cadets, for the target shooting and destined to the Officers.
The Springfield Trapdoor rifle is a typical gun of the American soldiers. It equipped the troops also during the Spanish-American War (1898-1899).
S.906, expressly produced for the long distance shooting, is equipped with a detachable wood pistol grip, checkered, for a better shooting stability performance and it is completed with Creedmoor and tunnel front sight with interchangeable inserts. The barrel is rifled by broaching.
|Mod.||Caliber||Grooves||Twist mm - inches||Barrel length mm - inches||Overall length mm - inches||Weight kg - lbs||Creedmoor||Tunnel sight|
|S.906||.45-70||6||460 - 1:18||828 - 325/8||1318 - 517/8||4,200 - 9.25||USA 430||USA 455|