General Orders No. 136

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Knute1
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General Orders No. 136

Post by Knute1 » Sat Jul 11, 2020 1:04 am

Here is the General Orders that started the search for the first magazine rifle and carbine accepted for the Army. May have been posted before, but for those that hadn't seen it here 'tis.


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Re: General Orders No. 136

Post by Dick Hosmer » Sat Jul 11, 2020 4:17 am

That confirms the presumption that the cartridge used in the experimental .30 trapdoors WAS indeed the parent of the .30-40 Krag. Makes a great deal of sense, but I'm not sure I actually saw it in print before. Thanks.

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Re: General Orders No. 136

Post by Knute1 » Sat Jul 11, 2020 3:39 pm

Dick, here is further evidence of the .30 caliber experimental Springfield Model 1888 found on page 13 of "The Annual Report of the Secretary of War for the Year 1893".  It states "also a few .30 caliber experimental Springfield single-loading rifles, having the same interior dimensions of barrel as the new magazine rifle, to be used for test of ammunition for the new rifle pending the completion of samples of that arm." Then on page 57 it shows that "8 Springfield rifles, caliber .30" were built in fiscal year ending June 30, 1893.

https://www.google.com/books/edition/Annual_Report_of_the_Secretary_of_War/mKwsAAAAIAAJ?hl=en&gbpv=1&dq=Model+1888+springfield+rifle+.30+caliber&pg=PA13&printsec=frontcover

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