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The Springfield Trapdoor Mod.1888


Model 1888 round rod bayonet rifles were Springfield's last attempt at producing a trapdoor rifle with a working and reliable bayonet retention mechanism. Over 60,000 were produced between 1890 and 1893, when trapdoor production came to an end.
These arms are often found in nearly-new condition and are highly desirable. They may be found with an assortment of front sight covers, but the arm remained unchanged during its short production period.

Model 1884 and Model 1888 rifles saw service in the Spanish American War. The regular army was issued the new Krag rifles and the guard units received the trapdoor. There are a number of stereopticon pictures that show guard units armed with a mix of 1884 and 1888 rifles.