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Meaning of Springfield rifle

Spring'field ri'fle

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  1. a single-shot, breechloading .45-caliber rifle used by the U.S. Army from 1867 to 1893.
  2. Also calleda bolt-operated, magazine-fed, .30-caliber rifle adopted by the U.S. Army in 1903 and used during World War I.
  3. a single-shot, muzzleloading rifle of .58-inch caliber, used by the Union Army during the Civil War.
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