Pictorial feature of boxed sets of long range bullets for the Sharps rifle, manufactured by the Winchester Repeating Arms Co.
In the immediate post-Civil War years in America, there was understandably little interest in marksmanship or military matters from the general public. Whilst the US National Guard received plenty of drill and marching instruction there was scant, if any, marksmanship training. The impetus for the development of marksmanship skills within America’s National Guard units came from the pages of the Army and Navy Journal.
'Dr. Goodwin’s Orthoptic Screen Sight' appears to have enjoyed some success for a limited period in the early 1860’s. This article plots the introduction and history of this short lived and innovative rifle sight.
- Parent Category: British Military Longarms
- Category: Small Arms Trials
- Written by David Minshall
The 19th saw firearms evolve from flintlock muzzle loaders, using patched round ball and black powder, through to bolt action breech loaders with smokeless powders. As firearms development proceeded, so arms and ammunition needed assessing in comparative trials by the military. In the 1860s the National Rifle Association held competitive trials to determine which rifle would be used in the final stage of the Queen’s Prize at their Annual Rifle Meetings on Wimbledon Common. The system used to define the accuracy of rifled arms at this time was the "Figure of Merit".
- Parent Category: Gunmakers
- Category: Joseph Whitworth, Manchester, England
- Written by Joseph Whitworth
'Miscellaneous Papers on Mechanical Subjects | Guns and Steel' by Sir Joseph Whitworth, Bart., was published in London by Longmans, Green Reader, & Dyer in 1873. The text reproduced here is from Chapter II and concerns Whitworth's involvement in rifle design. The remainder of the work concerns artillery and Whitworth's 'fluid-compressed steel.'
- Managing the Enfield
- The Brunswick Rifle
- Pedersoli Gibbs
- .45-70 at Two Miles: The Sandy Hook Tests of 1879
- A Short History of Long Range Shooting in the USA
- The Whitworth Rifle: A Brief Introduction
- Long Range Shooting: An Historical Perspective
- Enfield Paper Cartridges
- Memoir of William Ellis Metford
- The Back Position
- Dr. Goodwin’s Orthoptic Screen Sight
- American Rifles, 1877
- The Literature of The Volunteers of 1859 (2)
- Measuring Accuracy
- Guns and Steel
- Sir Joseph Whitworth, Bart.
- The British Volunteer System
- Wimbledon & the Volunteers
- War Department Notes
- Daniel Fraser: A Brief Introduction
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