The .45-70 Springfield, 5th edition

The .45-70 Springfield

by Joe Poyer and Craig Riesch,

5th revised and expanded edition

Three new chapters have been added to this new 5th Edition: The  Officer’s Model Rifle, .45 Caliber; The Model 1886 “Experimental” Carbine, and  The Model 1906 Fencing Musket. Each of the new chapters contains a complete  description of how each differs from the standard .45-70 Springfield Rifle and  Carbine. New information, never before published and full color illustrations of  the various models have been included.

Every part and every change to that part of the .45-70 Springfield  Rifle and Carbine made by the U.S. Army’s Ordnance Department is described in  photos and drawings. Dimensions and finishes are listed for each part in both  the text and tables. For instance, seventeen different rear sights were used on  the .45-70 Springfield trapdoor rifle and carbine. Each sight is carefully  photographed and the differences noted. Then each rear sight is matched to the  specific serial number range in which it was used. The same technique was used  on lock plates, barrel bands, trigger assemblies, stocks, ramrods, etc.,  covering every part of the rifle and carbine.

The chapters on accoutrements and tools have been greatly expanded  with descriptions and photos to cover all issued to the soldier. Bayonets,  scabbards and frogs are described and matched to years and serial number ranges  of issue. The authors also show how it is possible to determine if a .45-70  bayonet was newly-manufactured, or was a Civil War-period bayonet that had been  swaged to fit the new rifle. Hunting and intrenching knives, bayonets, carbine  slings, front sight covers, ammunition belts and cartridges boxes, etc. receive  the same treatment.

All markings and inspection markings are explained and illustrated  with photos. A new serial number listing has been developed which takes into  account the 22,500 "starred" carbines and integrates them into overall  production so that serial numbers and cartouche dates can at long last be  matched correctly.

Separate appendixes provide production totals, an exploded view, disassembly  and cleaning, how to determine if a .45-70 has been refinished or a carbine made  from a rifle, a chart of finishes by part, and special sections on the Cadet  rifles, starred receivers (where they came from and why), the rod bayonet rifle,  and the commercial trapdoors.

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