The Springfield Trapdoor rifle was not only ineffective, it also drew enemy fire on soldiers using it

Pinckney, Roger
March 2007
Military History;Mar2007, Vol. 24 Issue 1, p17
The article presents several stories involving the use of Trapdoor Springfield rifle in U.S. military battles. The 71st New York Volunteers led by former lieutenant colonel Theodore Roosevelt encountered difficulty with the rifles during a battle against the Spanish troops on the outskirts of Santiago, Cuba on July 1, 1898. The War Department preferred the Trapdoor because it looked like a proper rifle. In 1870, the Army disapproved to replace the Trapdoor with Remington rifle due to possible patent infringement claims.


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