Apache Man with Musket
detailsMitchell & Baer / Prescott, Arizona Unknown ina0114pb.jpg IN-A-0114 B&W 1500.0114.0002 ina0114pb Stereograph Print 4x6 Historic Photographs 1880s Reproduction requires permission. Digital images property of SHM Library & Archives
Apache man with Springfield musket, Prescott, Arizona.
The Springfield musket, or rifle, were standard infantry weapons of the U.S. Army from 1873-1936, taking their name from the Springfield Armory in Massachusetts.
In 1866, it began adapting the muzzle-loading rifles to breech-loading, single-shot rifles by making a “trapdoor” for the breech with latch, firing pin, and extractor for the cartridge case.
From 1873 to 1892 the armoury turned out breech-loading, single-shot Springfield .45-70s (.45 calibre with 70 grains of black powder).
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