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.'
- Research Press Journal – Issue 3, Summer 2018
- Research Press Journal – Issue 2, Spring 2018
- John Townson and His Pistol
- 2018 Calendar of Events
- 2018 NMLRA Hepsworth Long Range Match
- 2018 NMLRA National Championship Matches
- 2018 Dick Hoff Memorial Match
- Whitworth Hexagonal Bullet Mould
- The English Snaphance Lock
- Elcho Shield Anecdotes
- Managing the Enfield
- The Brunswick Rifle
- Pedersoli Gibbs
- A Short History of Long Range Shooting in the USA
- Dr. Goodwin’s Orthoptic Screen Sight
- Enfield Paper Cartridges
- .45-70 at Two Miles: The Sandy Hook Tests of 1879
- Wimbledon & the Volunteers
- The Whitworth Rifle: A Brief Introduction
- Long Range Shooting: An Historical Perspective
- Guns and Steel
- Memoir of William Ellis Metford
- The Back Position
- The Literature of The Volunteers of 1859 (2)
- Sir Joseph Whitworth, Bart.
- The British Volunteer System
- War Department Notes
- Creedmoor and the International Rifle Matches
- Long-Range Rifle Fire
- American Rifles, 1877
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