Mudcat Café Message Lyrics & Knowledge Personal Pages Record Shop Auction Links Radio & Media Kids Membership Help
The Mudcat Cafeawe



User Name Thread Name Subject Posted
The Walrus at work Firearms query from 'Whiskey in the Jar' (72* d) RE: Firearms query from 'Whiskey in the Jar' 09 Nov 01


Gareth,

Sorry to be pedantic, but the "greased" cartiridges didn't come in until the 1850s (in the British Army, not until the introduction of the 1853 Enfield rifled musket) - on the subject of the "grease", the only examples I have seen have been waxed, not greased.

The large calibe was more to do with black powder as a propellant than any hitting power and only became an issue after the introduction of rifling and breech loading for the majority of the Army (remember, on the general introduction of rifles, the calibre dropped from .75" to .577") (British military handguns, however, remained large calibre for just that reason).

Regards

Walrus


Post to this Thread -

Back to the Main Forum Page

By clicking on the User Name, you will requery the forum for that user. You will see everything that he or she has posted with that Mudcat name.

By clicking on the Thread Name, you will be sent to the Forum on that thread as if you selected it from the main Mudcat Forum page.
   * Click on the linked number with * to view the thread split into pages (click "d" for chronologically descending).

By clicking on the Subject, you will also go to the thread as if you selected it from the original Forum page, but also go directly to that particular message.

By clicking on the Date (Posted), you will dig out every message posted that day.

Try it all, you will see.