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Re: Pre-1873 Carbines
Posted by ken on Sunday, 13 March 2011, at 2:06 p.m., in response to Re: Pre-1873 Carbines, posted by John Gross on Sunday, 13 March 2011, at 10:33 a.m.
I too have come to believe that it did not make or break the battle.
I am still surprised that there is no mention of it (cases sticking in the chambers) in Bourke's book. Even if Crook's cavalry did not have Springfield carbines yet, he did have a large number of infantry along, who were certainly armed with the Springfield. (he mentions the "withering" fire of the infantry's "long rifles") On the other hand, perhaps it was considered common knowledge, and at that time he didn't see any need to mention it. But again, his writings are very detailed. So....?
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