www.patreon.com/vbbsmyt Converting a muzzle loading Springfield rifle to breech loader (revised version). The majority of rifles used in the American Civil War were muzzle loaders. These were slow to load, and generally required the soldier to load while standing up. The Austro-Prussian war of 1866 showed that an army equipped with breech loaders could fire several times faster (and while lying down) than an army with muzzle loaders. What do you do if you have hundreds of thousands of muzzle loaders in your armoury? Throw them away and buy new or convert them to breech loaders? Much cheaper, and quicker, to convert. This animation shows how a Springfield rifle musket was converted to a breech loader – the ‘Trapdoor’ Springfield.
Hi, I’m Rob, otherwise known as VBBSMYT.
I create the animations on my iMac using Cinema 4D, which I find very intuitive, and allows me to add smoke and flames, and then send the model to my trusty Render farm.
I make my models as accurate as possible through reference books and particularly good drawings. You may have seen my animations of early torpedoes and machine guns on YouTube. I enjoy finding out how things work and it has been fascinating to track the development from the late Victorian period up to World War 1.