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.577 Enfield Trapdoor ????

Discussion in 'Blackpowder' started by kentucky bucky, Aug 6, 2008.

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  1. kentucky bucky

    kentucky bucky Member

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    I just saw an example of the before mentioned rifles in an auction booklet. I've never seen one before and I was wondering if any of you guys have. Is it chambered in the rimfire .58 like the Springfield 1st model Allin conversion or is it an English in .577 Snider? Really cool looking though.
     
  2. 72coupe

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    Probably a Snider conversion. You can buy orginals from Atlanta Cutlery at a resonalbe price.
     
  3. kentucky bucky

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    No, the advertisement shows a trapdoor action on a Civil War era Enfield, not a side opening Snider. I am really baffled by this one, and I can't find any reference to it at all.
     
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    So how many Enfields were in the hands of US forces at the end of the ACW?

    Or the various state militias?

    Money was tight everywhere.

    For that matter was the design for the Allin around earliy enough for the British trials that led to the adoption of the Snider?

    What other nations used the Enfield when everyone was looking at going breech loader?
    Might it have been a test/ sales piece done up by some interprizing American gun seller "Not only can we provide you with once dropped captured and surplused Enfields, but we can provide them with THE LATEST American improvements as used by the vitorious GAR, Cheap!"

    Not related to the OP:
    When I was at aat the site of Lee's surrender a decade ago, the folks running the place claimed that the rifles captured their were used to pave a road. Wonder how long it took the locals to dig many up for parts?

    -Bob Hollingsworth
     
  5. Z71

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    Supposidly the Springfield armorey refurbed a couple hundred thousand Enfield rifle muskets and sold them overseas after the war.

    No idea's about an "Allen conversion" of the Enfields. The Snider conversion was commen enough though.
     
  6. 4v50 Gary

    4v50 Gary Moderator Staff Member

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    Post a pic.
     
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