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Springfield rifle

noun
1.
a single-shot, breechloading .45-caliber rifle used by the U.S. Army from 1867 to 1893.
2.
Also called Springfield 1903. a bolt-operated, magazine-fed, .30-caliber rifle adopted by the U.S. Army in 1903 and used during World War I.
3.
a single-shot, muzzleloading rifle of .58-inch caliber, used by the Union Army during the Civil War.
Origin
after Springfield, Mass., site of a federal armory that made the rifles
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Springfield rifle

noun
1.
a magazine-fed bolt-action breech-loading .30 calibre rifle formerly used by the US Army
Word Origin
from Springfield, Massachusetts
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