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Geronimo's last Springfield

Posted by Lawrence F. Nirenberg on Wednesday, 4 September 2019, at 12:52 p.m.

Is there anyone that might know what happened to the Springfield Trapdoor that is depicted in several photographs of Geronimo? Picture #1 is the most famous showing Geronimo in a photo studio with an 1879 rifle in a carbine stock. Although first thought to be a "Studio Prop" it actually was not. Photo was taken at San Carlos reservation in 1884. Photo #2 was taken at the failed surrender talks with General Crook in march 1886. Photo depicts Geronimo holding full stocked rifle with same carbine trigger group fitted as shown in photo #1. There is a last photo of what seems to be this same rifle, now with shortened barrel mounted in carbine stock with same unique carbine trigger group being held by Natche just prior to Geronimo's final surrender in September 1886. Shortened Rifle/Carbine was thought to have been recovered by U.S Army from renegade Apache 10 years after Geronimo surrendered. Any information greatly appreciated. Thank you, L.F.N.


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