The .58 and .50 Caliber Rifles & Carbines of the Springfield Armory 1865-1872 by Richard A. Hosmer. To Date, there has been no single research source for information about the post-Civil War small arms that led to the selection of the 45-70 Springfield rifle and carbine. Yet these rifles and carbines are extremely popular with firearms collectors.
Richard A. Hosmer, a well known collector of this period, has written a concise and comprehensive text on each of the eighteen rifles and carbines that were developed at the Springfield National Armory during this seven year period and field-tested during years that saw the most intense fighting in the West.
Of these twenty arms, five rifles adopted by the U.S. Army and one by the Navy were issued for general service; four models were issued to the cadets at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis. The remaining seven rifles and three carbines were issued for various periods of field testing. They were all variations of the Allin "trapdoor," Remington, Sharps, Spencer, Joslyn, and Ward-Burton breechloading systems.
Mr. Hosmer's books provides a detailed description of each rifle and carbine, including markings, finishes, and dimensions of all pertinent parts. Each firearm is summarized in a separate table. Additional tables list all finishes and markings. Chapters described the bayonets issued as well as accoutrements and tools. The book is heavily illustrated with photos of the firearms and their accoutrements. 278 pages, 5 1/2"x8.5", soft cover.