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Firearms, Long Range Target Shooting & Associated History

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Firearms

Long range target rifle development. Gunmaker histories and rifles. Ammunition, including contemporary loading comment and experiments. Rifle and shooting accessories.

Marksmanship

Contemporary information and historical articles. Long range rifle fire. Rifle Associations and Clubs. Wimbledon, Dollymount, Creedmoor and the international matches.

Riflemen

Queen's prize winners were hailed as hero's. Thousands of spectators witnessed the long range international matches. Who were these riflemen that attracted such public attention....?

Rifle Volunteers

Rifle Volunteer Corps were established in Great Britain in 1859. This movement continued to 1908 when the Territorial Force was created from the Yeomanry and Volunteer Forces.

Target Shooting

Target shooting with the black powder rifle today. Muzzle loading and breech loading, sporting and military. Accessories, ammunition, gunsmithing, rifles, techniques and tips.

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  • D. & J. Fraser of Edinburgh introduced their falling block match rifle in 1881. The rifle was tried by several Scottish riflemen in the selection shoots for the Scottish Eight to compete for the Elcho Shield. The rifle gained popularity and six of the Scottish Eight eventually competed using the Fraser rifle that year. Management of the breech loading match rifle was still new to some at the time, the muzzle loader long being favoured despite the success of the American Teams using breech loaders in long range international competition since 1874. The perils of hand loading were still being discovered...

    2016-02-06T20:31:05+0000
  • The 1873 win of the Elcho Shield by Ireland brought about their famous challenge to the riflemen of America and the subsequent 1874 competition at Creedmoor, USA. This heralded a brief period of international long range competition which set the sport on the world stage.

    2016-02-06T19:02:23+0000
  • The Brunswick Rifle: This curious arm with its two-groove bore and belted bullet remained in the hands of Regulars, Militia and Native troops for almost half a century, despite complaints of the guns inaccuracy and difficult loading system.

    An illustrated history of the Brunswick Rifle.
    researchpress.co.ukAn illustrated history of the Brunswick Rifle.

    2016-01-23T13:56:35+0000
  • Sir Joseph Whitworth died on the evening of Saturday 22 January 1887, aged 83, at Monte Carlo. He was buried on Wednesday 2 February 1887 in the churchyard of the 12th century St Helen’s church at Darley Dale, Derbyshire. #onthisday

    Approached in 1854 by Lord Hardinge to investigate 'the mechanical principles applicable in the construction of an efficient weapon,' Whitworth's experiments revolutionised rifle design.
    researchpress.co.ukApproached in 1854 by Lord Hardinge to investigate 'the mechanical principles applicable in the construction of an efficient weapon,' Whitworth's experiments revolutionised rifle design.

    2016-01-22T06:46:00+0000
  • The Volunteer Force was established in Great Britain in 1859, and included rifle, artillery and engineer corps. This movement continued to 1908 when the Territorial Force was created from the Volunteer and Yeomanry Forces.

    Volunteer Infantry, 1859-1908. History and organisation.
    researchpress.co.ukVolunteer Infantry, 1859-1908. History and organisation.

    2016-01-17T18:11:34+0000