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Re: Help with shooting
Posted by Dick Hosmer on Wednesday, 25 November 2015, at 12:20 a.m., in response to Re: Help with shooting, posted by Rick Foster on Tuesday, 24 November 2015, at 11:35 p.m.
The Civil War was the last major action on this continent fought in the "old" manner, with large bodies of brightly uniformed troops carrying polished weapons, maneuvering largely in the open, in massed formations.
While the uniforms didn't change for the Indian wars, tactics did, everything, aside from the cavalry, being done pretty much as skirmishers, taking advantage of cover, etc. This continued in the Span-Am war, as well as the integration of drab khaki uniforms - copied from the Brits.
While a long range sight was needed for aimed fire, the technique of massed volleys at extreme range, up to 2000 yds. and beyond, effective ONLY against larges masses, became obsolete. The 275 (actually 265 - 205 is not correct) was adopted as a reasonable range for a belt-buckle hold. The theory was that a miss low could well ricochet and still connect, but a miss high was wasted.
I'd just look for books on military tactics at Google and Amazon.
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