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Trapdoor Springfield Rifle

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Springfield Model 1866 - .50-70 Government
Replica Springfield Model 1873 "Trapdoor Springfield" built by Uberti Arms - .45-70 Government
First year Model 1873 Springfield Trapdoor Carbine - .45-70 Government
Replica Springfield Model 1873 Cavalry Carbine "Trapdoor Springfield" built by Uberti Arms - .45-70 Government
Springfield Trapdoor 1879 - .45-70 Government
Springfield "Trapdoor" M1884 Carbine - .45-70 Government
Original Springfield Model 1888 "Trapdoor Springfield" - .45-70 Government

The Trapdoor Springfield refers to a series of breech loading rifles developed by Springfield, beginning with the Springfield Model 1868 (chambered in .50-70) up to the Springfield Model 1870 (.45-70) and then the most famous Model 1873, which was adopted by the U.S. Army (chambered in .45-70), and the later Models 1877, 1884 and 1888.

The Model 1873 (full sized or cavalry carbine version) is the most likely variant of the Trapdoor Springfield rifle to appear in movies or television shows.


  • Type: Rifle
  • Caliber: .50-70, .45-70 Government, .45-55 (carbine load)
  • Capacity: 1 round
  • Fire Modes: Single shot
  • Action: Hinged breechblock
  • Overall Length: 51 inches, 41 inches (carbine)
  • Barrel Length: 32 inches, 22 inches (carbine)

The Trapdoor Springfield Rifle and variants can be seen in the following films, television series, video games, and anime used by the following actors:


Title Actor Character Note Date
The Birth of a Nation Robert Harron Tod Stoneman Standing in for Springfield 1861 1915
Union and Confederate soldiers
The Unbeliever Earl Schenck Emanuel Muller Standing in for Mauser Gewehr 1898 1918
German soldiers
The Charge of the Light Brigade Errol Flynn Major Geoffrey Vickers 1973 Cavalry Carbines mocked up as Flintlock musket carbines; some unmodified 1936
Donald Crisp Colonel Campbell
David Niven Captain Randall
Patric Knowles Captain Perry Vickers
British, Russian soldiers, and Surat Khan's men
British, Russian soldiers and Surat Khan's men Model 1888 Trapdoor Springfield Rifles mocked up as Brown Bess Flintlock Muskets, Enfield Pattern 1853s, Jezail Muskets and Infantry Musket M1845s; some unmodified
West of Shanghai General Fang's soldiers Cavalry Carbines 1937
General Ma's soldiers Infantry Rifles
Jesse James (1939) Prison guard Model 1866 1939
Sergeant York Mocked up to look like Kentucky Rifle 1941
Belle Starr Randolph Scott Sam Starr 1941
Gene Tierney Belle Starr
Red River John Wayne Thomas Dunson Cavalry Carbine 1948
Fort Apache Native American 1948
US Cavalry Cavalry Carbine
Hank Worden recruit
Pedro Armendáriz SGT Beaufort
George O'Brien CPT Collingwood
Ward Bond SGM Michael O'Rourke
John Agar 2LT Michael Shannon O'Rourke
Victor McLaglen SGT Festus Mulcahy
She Wore a Yellow Ribbon Ben Johnson Sergeant Tyree Cavalry Carbine 1949
US Cavalry
Rio Grande US Cavalry Cavalry Carbine 1950
Ben Johnson Trooper Travis Tyree
Harry Carey Jr. Trooper Daniel "Sandy" Boone
Fred Kennedy Trooper Heinze
Claude Jarman Jr. Trooper Jefferson Yorke
Chill Wills Dr. Wilkins
Steve Pendleton CPT Prescott
Winchester '73 Tony Curtis Doan Cavalry Carbine 1950
James Best Crater
Red Mountain Alan Ladd Brett Sherwood Cavalry Carbine and Rifle 1951
Arthur Kennedy Lane Waldron Cavalry Carbine
Lizabeth Scott Chris
Carleton Young Lt. Morgan
Jay Silverheels Little Crow
Ute warriors
John Ireland Gen. William Quantrill Cavalry Carbine in saddle holster
Springfield Rifle Cavalry Carbine 1952
Drum Beat Robert Keith Bill Satterwhite Carbine 1954
US cavalrymen, settlers Carbines and rifles
Vera Cruz Mexican republicans and Emperor Maximilian's soldiers Rifles and carbines, some mocked up as flintlock 1954
Saskatchewan Sioux and Cree warriors 1954
Love Me Tender Union soldiers Rifles and carbines 1956
Santiago Steamer crewmember Cavalry Carbine 1956
Sergeant Rutledge Woody Strode Braxton Rutledge Model 1873 Cavalry Carbine 1960
Jeffrey Hunter Tom Cantrell
9th Cavalry soldiers
The Badlanders A Mexican settler Rifle 1958
The Magnificent Seven Villager 1960
Flaming Star Kiowa warriors 1960
Master of the World Wally Campo Turner Cut down to be used as a pistol 1961
55 Days at Peking Chinese "Boxers" 1963
Rio Conchos 1964
Advance to the Rear Alan Hale Jr. Sgt. Beauregard Davis Model 1866 with M1855 bayonet 1964
Andrew Prine Pvt. Owen Selous Model 1866 with M1855 bayonet
Union soldiers, Confederate soldiers, Native American warriors Model 1866
The Great Sioux Massacre Several US Army soldiers Model 1873 Carbine 1965
Several natives
Major Dundee Brock Peters Aesop 1965
U. S. soldiers, Apaches Cavalry Carbine
Texas Across the River Joey Bishop Kronk Mocked up as Hawken rifle 1966
Roy Barcroft Morton
John Harmon Gabe
US Cavalry Mocked up as Enfield 1856 Carbine
Comanches Unmodified M1873
Villa Rides Several Mexican army soldiers Model 1873 Carbine 1968
Mackenna's Gold Eduardo Ciannelli Prairie Dog Cavalry Carbine 1969
US Cavalry
Little Big Man Dustin Hoffman Jack Crabb Cavalry Carbine 1970
Barquero Forrest Tucker Mountain Phil Model 1873 1970
A townsman Model 1873 Cavalry Carbine
Rio Lobo Union Cavalry and Confederate soldiers Cavalry Carbine 1970
The Beguiled Clint Eastwood Cpl. John McBurney 1971
Catlow Natives Model 1873 Cavalry Carbine 1971
The Cowboys Robert Carradine Slim Honeycutt 1972
The Great Northfield Minnesota Raid Barry Brown Henry Wheeler 1972
Cliff Robertson Cole Younger
The Revengers Union soldiers 1972
Mexican soldiers
Ernest Borgnine Hoop
Roger Hanin Quiberon
Chato's Land Jack Palance Quincey Whitmore Cavalry Carbine 1972
Oklahoma Crude Lena´s Indians helper Cavalry Carbine 1973
Posse Outlaws 1975
Breakheart Pass US Army soldiers Cavalry Carbine 1975
A Genius, Two Partners and a Dupe Various natives M1873 Carbine 1975
The Outlaw Josey Wales Sondra Locke Laura 1975
Heaven's Gate Jeff Bridges John L. Bridges 1980
Gordana Rashovich Mrs. Kovach
Various characters
Flashpoint Seen in Sheriff's office 1984
El Diablo (1990) El Diablo's henchmen M1873 Carbine 1980
Thunderheart Cavalry trooper Cavalry Carbine 1992
Dollar for the Dead Several US officers Model 1873 Cavalry Carbine 1998
The Long Kill Native Model 1873 Cavalry Carbine 1999
Purgatory US Cavalrymen Cavalry Carbine 1999
Crocodile Terrence Evans Shurkin 2000
Miracle at Sage Creek Daniel Quinn Seth Cavalry Carbine 2005
Thadd Turner Sergeant Banks
US Cavalry
Appaloosa Apache warriors 2008
Lone Rider Tom Schanley Mike Butler Cavalry Carbine 2008
Jonah Hex US soldiers Full-length rifle and Cavalry Carbine 2010
The Lone Ranger US Cavalry Cavalry Carbine 2013
The Dark Valley Johann Nikolussi Rudolf Brenner M1873 Carbine 2014
In a Valley of Violence Ethan Hawke Paul M1884 or 1888 Cavalry Carbine 2016
Toby Huss Deputy Harris
Hostiles US Cavalry Cavalry Carbine 2017
John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum Seen in armory 2019


Show Title Actor Character Note / Episode Air Date
The Three Stooges Moe Howard Moe Episode "Boobs in Arms" 1940
Curly Howard Curly
F Troop Ken Berry Capt. Wilton Parmenter Cavalry Carbine 1965-1967
Forrest Tucker Sgt. Morgan O'Rourke Cavalry Carbine 1965-1967
Joe Brooks Trooper Vanderbilt Cavalry Carbine 1965-1967
1873 Rifle / "Honest Injun" (S01E12) 1965
Bob Steele Trooper Duffy Cavalry Carbine 1965-1967
1873 Rifle / "Honest Injun" (S01E12) 1965
Jimmie Horan Trooper Hogan Cavalry Carbine 1965-1967
1873 Rifle / "Honest Injun" (S01E12) 1965
Bill Erickson tower guard Cavalry Carbine / "Scourge of the West" (S01E01), S01 opening credits 1965-1966
Louie Elias Trooper Franklin Cavalry Carbine / "Scourge of the West" (S01E01) 1965
Jay Sheffield Lt. Jefferson Hawkes Cavalry Carbine / "Scourge of the West" (S01E01) 1965
troopers Cavalry Carbine 1965-1967
1873 Rifle / "Honest Injun" (S01E12) 1965
Shug warriors, Hekawi warriors Cavalry Carbine 1965-1967
Henry Gibson Wrongo Starr Cavalry Carbine / "Wrongo Starr and the Lady in Black" (S01E18) 1966
James Hampton Hannibal Dobbs Cavalry Carbine / "Johnny Eagle Eye" (S01E30) 1966
F Troop Recruits of G Troop "How to Be F Troop Without Really Trying" (S02E02) 1966
Larry Storch Cpl. Agarn Cavalry Carbine / "The Ballot of Corporal Agarn" (S02E08) 1966
Lonesome Dove Robert Urich Jake Spoon cavalry carbine 1989
Rough Riders U.S. Army soldiers and Cuban rebels 1997
Riches (Bogatstvo) Seen on photos of Californian gold prospectors; 1873 or 1879 rifle and 1873 carbine 2004
Breaking Bad - Season 3 Seen on photo; "Sunset" (S3E06) 2010
Godless Women of La Belle 2017
1883 Will Spencer Sentry #1 M1888 Rifle 2021
Fear the Walking Dead - Season 7 Seen in armory; "The Portrait" (S7E07) 2021

Video Games

Title Appears as Mods Notation Date
Red Dead Redemption "Springfield Rifle" Cavalry Carbine 2010
Hot Dogs, Horseshoes & Hand Grenades Cavalry Carbine; available only as a "Sosigun" 2016
Red Dead Redemption II "Springfield Rifle" 2018
Hunt: Showdown "Springfield 1866" Model 1866 2018


Title Character Note Date
Gun Frontier 2002

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