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Old January 7, 2013, 08:43 AM   #190
BlueTrain
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I agree with Mr. Mannlicher but not with Mr. Jason_Iowa. I rather doubt that civilians have ever been better armed than the military. While civilians may have had rifles when the military had smoothbores, the smoothbore musket was a better military weapon. The rifle (at the time) was for specialists. Later, civilians had repeating rifles when the military was still using single-shots. Partly for economic reasons but also the typical repeating rifle was only using a relatively low power cartridge that the military thought was inadequate.
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