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Re: Geronimo's last Springfield

Posted by Lawrence F. Nirenberg on Thursday, 5 September 2019, at 12:48 p.m., in response to Re: Geronimo's last Springfield, posted by Larry Weinbrenner on Thursday, 5 September 2019, at 11:29 a.m.

Larry W.;

Most of the Springfield Trapdoor collectors, including myself have up until now thought that the rifle in the carbine stock had to be a "studio prop", after all here was a '73/'79 rifle in a carbine configured stock with a carbine trigger group. Must be a "Prop" we all agreed. However this same or similar configured firearm seems to show up at a much later date. The studio photo was taken in 1884 at San Carlos Apache Reservation. The next time this Springfield was photographed, still in the hands of Geronimo, but now mounted in a full stock rifle was at the surrender talks with General Crook in March of 1886. The rifle still has same Carbine Trigger Group seen in the studio photo. Next photo taken at around time of final surrender I believe depicts this same rifle with same unusual carbine trigger group in a carbine stock with a now shortened barrel. This photo shows Apache Chief Natche holding what appears to be a carbine, but I think it's actually the rifle. Standing next to him in the photo is one of the last Apache "Broncho's" (Holdouts) Adelnietze. He carries a Winchester 1876 rifle. Adelnietze fought on for 10 more years, and when killed at Guadalupe Canyon by the U.S. Army was carrying a "Shortened Springfield Rifle". This Springfield's last known address was Fort Sill, OklahomaI It had been turned in by returning cavalry troops after the Guadalupe Canyon fight. After that the Shortened Springfield Trapdoor seems to have been lost somewhere along the way. I would like to know if anyone knows what happened to it.


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