Outing Volume 68

Outing Volume 68

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1916 edition. Excerpt: ...one would, but the shorter piece is lighter and handier and tires a man less in continued shooting. Then, too, the average soldier is not an expert shot at extreme ranges and the short barrel probably gives more accuracy than is needed and the rifle is more useful for rapid snap shooting. One great disadvantage is the decreased pared with the older guns it seems absurdly short, while its long bayonet looks like a young sword. Riflemen who have used it, however, agree that it is a fine gun. As one of them said "You can't blame the gun for your poor shots." The action resembles the Mauser in that it is the usual bolt pattern, the bolt turning up and pulling back to load. The magazine is in the stock, just in front of the lock, and holds five cartridges which are loaded from a clip. The ammunition comes in clips packed in bandoleers. The caliber is.30, the charge is 47 to 50 Assembly drawing of the New Springfield, showing the outside parts sight base that the short rifle entails. Bayonets have grown longer as the rifles have shortened, so that the reach with bayonet fixed is about the same as before. Though existing in a rudimentary state during the Revolution the United States armory at Springfield was not formally founded until 1794. Since then it has been devoted to the manufacture of small arms and most of the rifles for our army have been made there. The Springfield of 1855 was a muzzle loader of.58 caliber; the breech loader of 1884 was named for the armory and was a mighty fine old gun. It saw service in the war with Spain, the majority of the Volunteers being armed with the old 45/70/405 or 500. At that time the regulars and the Krag-Jorgensen and the navy used the Lee straight pull. The Krag was not entirely satisfactory, ...show more

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  • Paperback | 276 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 15mm | 499g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236910508
  • 9781236910509