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2 Sporting Rifles of the American West

There are quite a few companies that built a name for themselves through the conquests and military conflicts of the 19th century. However, there were also untold thousands that went about their business, crafting the tools of self-reliance for those on the frontier.

Lead Historian Seth Isaacson examines two such makers today and their single shot sporting rifles. These extremely rare sporting arms show the ways people were both altering popular military designs, as well as crafting innovations of their very own. The first is a scarce Billings patent reverse trapdoor rifle, and the other was made by Spangenberg of Tombstone, Arizona using a Springfield trapdoor rifle as a base for a high end sporting arm.

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