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Old July 29, 2019, 11:56 AM   #14
44 AMP
Join Date: March 11, 2006
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Duelers generally did not have sights or rifling. Just didn't need that, !!!
Right, no need for accuracy at 20 paces, it was a matter of honor!!

except, when it wasn't!

It's been many years (and pre-internet) so I can't cite the source, but I remember reading an article where the author, somehow, got permission to do shooting tests with an actual, verified pair of Jeffersonian era dueling pistols.

As I recall, they were neither overly fancy nor "tactical" muted, just a set of regular period pieces in the usual style case with the accessories.

I don't remember if they had sights, I think there might have been a tiny "bump" to use as a front sight, nothing for a rear, but can't swear to it.

Now, here's the thing...

They fired both pistols several times. They both proved to be very accurate, repeated putting all the balls in a group about the size of the palm of one's hand at the double 10 paces distance.

All shots from BOTH pistols went to the same place. Almost precisely ONE FOOT TO THE LEFT of the point of aim!!!

One would assume the owner would know this, but his opponent would not.

A matter of HONOR, indeed!!
All else being equal (and it almost never is) bigger bullets tend to work better.
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