Civil war guns by William B. Edwards

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No, Mr. Cameron, I must confess that I would not do so. . " The conversation is fictional; the statements of fact are from the records. Thus ended the final day in office of one of our most controversial public figures, Simon Cameron, Lincoln's Secretary of War from the beginning days of the conflict until the end of 1861. Perhaps Cameron was "incompetent," yet he set into motion contracts for many hundreds of thousands of arms and although firms like the Eagle Company failed to deliver what was due, others like Colt, Sarson & Roberts, the Trenton Locomotive Works, even Sylvester Mowry and the Savage Repeating Firearms Company, supplied the essential needs of the Union from new manufactures, by the spring campaigns of 1863.

Inside, the wood is mortised 22 M O D E L S P E R F E C T E D 23 F r o m Official Records A t l a s are line drawings of U . S . " Rifle w a s later substantially copied by R e m i n g t o n using style 1841 locks. troops. -type hammers. But most of them employed an " S " curved hammer not seen on any other arm but this famous Confederate built-up rifle. Craig liked the M l 8 5 5 rifle, and urged its issue to militia. H e preferred it to the "patent a r m s " of the day, and spoke of its shiny fittings inspiring a martial air in the militiamen.

Four of these were made, to test circular vs square rifling. It is thought these did not have Maynard locks, in view of their most probably resembling the lateradopted Carbine M l 8 5 5 , which did not have the Maynard lock. Pistol: four of these were prepared. 546 caliber, had an 8-inch barrel rifled with 3 grooves 6 foot twist, rounded. The second was identical, except rifled 4 foot twist. 58 caliber. One had a 10-inch barrel, the other 12 inches, 3 grooves, 4 foot twist. 57, was also tried. " A large cavity was recommended for the pistol bullet so as to ensure complete expansion and bore sealing in the shorter bore; this meant two bullets would be in service, but as they were the same externally, they could be used in an emergency, each in the other gun.

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