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Hardcase
January 24, 2013, 02:25 PM
Saw this over on another web site. It's a letter from the London Morning Chronicle describing a day in a rifle pit during the Crimean War. The writer had great praise for the 1853 Pattern Enfield.

http://researchpressuk.wordpress.com/2013/01/08/life-in-a-crimea-rifle-pit/

Hellgate
January 25, 2013, 05:48 PM
I also saw it at another website but just HAD to read it AGAIN!

North East Redneck
January 25, 2013, 07:15 PM
Read it earlier today, sent over to the old mans email. He enjoyed it also. Them boys were hitting some long range shots.....impressive. Post more historical stuff like this if you can. Good read.

Willie Sutton
January 26, 2013, 09:47 PM
Really something. Even today that would be darned fine shooting.


Willie

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4V50 Gary
January 27, 2013, 12:20 AM
The significance of the Crimean War is that hits by marksmen at greater than 500 yards become common. This was possible only because of the Enfield's conical shaped bullet. Back in the round ball days 600 yard hits were very few and far between.

With the Enfield it was possible to hit out to 1,000 yards. That's why it became the weapon of choice for the Confederate sharpshooter battalions (that is, the men who were issued target rifles like the Whitworth or the Kerr).

For more reading long range shooting in combat, go to the The High Road's black powder forum's thread on sharpshooter stories Here (http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=36853)

Why people like modern inlines when the old Enfield firing the .577 minie or Pritchett ball can do better escapes me.