Guelzo points out that the power of the Minie rifle
has been greatly overestimated, not least because the clouds of smoke released by a volley of black powder made subsequent attempts to aim difficult.
The Minie rifle
, the first smokeless-powder issue rifle, the first practical semiautomatic military rifle used in warfare, the first metallic cartridge revolver to be issued in large numbers, and the list goes on.
The average soldier was still armed with a smoothbore musket and would be until the advent of the Model 1855 Springfield Minie Rifle
In range it is fully equal to a minie rifle
and the facility and accuracy with which it is loaded and discharged renders our dismounted cavalry more than equal the enemy's infantry and far superior to their cavalry"
Party nn nffirials exnressed intprest in this mvnbitinnartr design, with trials beginning as early as 1858 pitting the Whitworth against the issue pattern 1853 Enfield Minie rifle
Some four years later the United States brought out its version of the Minie rifle, which used a .
The Pattern 1853 Enfield was not Britain's first Minie rifle but a "smallbore" .
By the time Sebastopol fell on September 9, 1855, most British troops had been issued the new Pattern 1851 Minie Rifle
or, to a lesser degree, the Pattern 1853 Rifle-Musket.
58-caliber Minie rifle
musket, thus turning every infantryman in the army into a rifleman.
58 caliber Springfield muzzle-loading Minie rifle
musket, with many regulars and state troops armed with more archaic weaponry.
Although it had been hampered by the reluctance of parliament to spend money on it, despite the constant exhortations of the Duke and others, it was not still stuck in the time of Waterloo but had undergone significant reform in the previous twenty years and was at least equipped with Minie rifles
rather than muskets.
This did take some time, however, and for a period muskets, rifled carbines and Minie rifles
cohabited in the system.