Mr. Leatherman, a homesteader, using a Springfield 1892 to shoot hawks which had been carrying away his chickens. New Mexico c.1940.

The Springfield 1892-98 Rifle is distinctive because of it’s side mounted magazine door, based on the Krag-Jørgensen rifle design.  The 5 round magazine was loaded with loose cartridges individually which was found to be too time consuming during the jungle fire fights of the Spanish-American War.   It was found be lacking during the War, being outclassed by the faster firing/loading Spanish Mauser rifles.

It was eventually replaced by the M1903 Springfield, which was the US’ first clip fed service rifle.  Mr Leatherhead probably came to own his through the Civilian Marksmanship Program through which older US Army rifles were sold to civilians.

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