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Old November 28, 2017, 07:54 AM   #23
Mike Irwin
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Oddly enough, regarding the Trapdoor, it did serve in Naval and Coast Guard service into the post WW II era...

As a line throwing gun.

Blank ammunition was still being loaded in the middle of the War for these guns.

As noted in the article, by WW II the Trapdoors were being phased out in favor of H&Rs based on their single shot shotgun action, but you will occasionally see photos of line throwing operations, especially on smaller, non combatant ships.
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