British Military Rifles

British Military Rifles

Paperback Shire Album

By (author) Peter Duckers

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  • Publisher: SHIRE PUBLICATIONS LTD
  • Format: Paperback | 48 pages
  • Dimensions: 144mm x 202mm x 6mm | 118g
  • Publication date: 4 March 2008
  • Publication City/Country: Buckinghamshire
  • ISBN 10: 0747806330
  • ISBN 13: 9780747806332
  • Illustrations note: colour and b&w illustrations
  • Sales rank: 556,154

Product description

A spinning bullet leaving a 'rifled' barrel is much more accurate than a musket ball but the technology of grooving a barrel and shaping the projectile to make an efficient and reliable weapon has exercised military minds for centuries. Here is a concise history of the attempts to develop and improve the British Army's most important individual weapon - from the Ferguson of the American Revolution, to the Baker of the Napoleonic Wars, the Brunswick, the Snider, the Maritini-Henry and the famous Lee-Enfields - and the ammunition designed for it.

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Peter Duckers is a Member of the Orders and Medals Research Society, the Military Historical Society and is Curator of the Shropshire Regimental Museum in Shrewsbury Castle.

Table of contents

The earliest 'guns' Flintlock muskets, c.1690-1840 The first British rifles, 1775-1840 Percussion rifles Breech-loading rifles Bolt-action magazine rifles Automatic rifles Carbines Plaes to visit and further reading Index