.50-70 GOVT Antique U.S. SPRINGFIELD Model 1866 ALLIN TRAPDOOR Indian Wars
Civil War Rifle-Musket Updated for Metallic Cartridges
Here is an antique Springfield Model 1866 2nd Allin Conversion Trapdoor, the rifle being manufactured circa 1865 and then converted shortly after that. After the American Civil War, the United States military was slow to adopt new technological advances in firearms and opted to retrofit their enormous surplus inventory of Model 1861 type muskets to fire cartridges. Many different types of conversions were conceived and implemented. This one is named for its inventor, Erskine S. Allin, Master Armorer for Springfield Armory.
These conversions were the main infantry weapon of the West and played a large role in the Indian Wars of the late 19th century. 25,000 Model 1863s received the Allin Conversion, enabling them to be loaded via the breach through a “trapdoor” mechanism.
The overall condition is very good. Strong action all around. Nice bore with strong rifling. The walnut stock is solid throughout and two cartouches can be seen on the left wrist. Original “1865” dated lock. Original “1866” dated breech. This example has retained a smooth, even brown patina. Here is a great example piece from the end American Civil War and the days of Manifest Destiny.
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Barrel is 36-5/8 inches.
Caliber: .50-70 GOVT
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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