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Your Expertise & Collective knowledge please

Posted by Jeff on Thursday, 17 March 2011, at 2:41 p.m.

We read about what great horsemen Native Americans were. They could fire their weapons (especially lever guns) and hit moving targets just like we’ve all seen in the movies.

Ken Smith and I concluded that U.S. Cavalry soldiers usually discharged their side arms while mounted and fired their carbine only after they dismounted. From what Ken told me and what I learned from the 1896 (Krag generation) Drill manual was that was pretty much Army policy.

Then, not long ago, I spoke with a LBH re-enactor who told me he practiced and was able to shoot seven rounds moving on horseback with his Trapdoor carbine. He said he was able to do this with blank reloads and that these are even more difficult to feed into the chamber than live loads. What he would have been able to actually hit is only speculation.

To anyone’s knowledge, were there any U.S. Army units or individual soldiers who trained/practiced and became adept at firing the Trapdoor and hitting the target while riding?


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