But, as was every other Latin American army, the Peruvians were seeking to reequip their army with the newly perfected metallic cartridge breechloading
rifles, and over the next two decades they obtained a bewildering assortment of rifles from a variety of sources, often taking what they could get for the cheapest price with little thought given to standardization.
found itself possessed of tens of thousands of basically obsolete muzzleloading rifle-muskets and percussion breechloading
The military needs breechloading
firearms, and they need them now.
The first breechloading
, cartridge firing rifles--the Vintovka Berdana obr.
It would seem that a government contract for Jenks breechloading
carbines in the late 1840s holds that distinction, even though like other contract pieces the company would subsequently produce, it was not of their design.
While the name "Sharps" usually conjures up images of big-bore "Buffalo" rifles and thumb-size cartridges, the number of cartridge chambered Sharps ever produced pales in comparison to the mass production of the Civil War-era Sharps breechloading
percussion carbines and rifles.
To reequip its war-tattered forces in the aftermath of the conflict, Brazil began purchasing breechloading
rifles from American and European sources.
became practical, narrow lands reduced friction on groove-diameter bullets.
If a prize were to be awarded to the firearm gaining the most fame with the least numbers manufactured, it would have to go to the Sharps Model 1874, a single shot, falling block, breechloading
rifle with side mounted hammer.
41--better known as the Dreyse Needle Rifle--the first successful bolt-action, breechloading
rifle used by a major power.
Accordingly, two arms used by troopers have been chosen for this month's feature--the British Pattern 1855 Sharps breechloading
carbine and the East India Company's more archaic muzzle-loading Victoria Pattern Carbine.
by Josef Werndl, who also designed the Austrian Army's first breechloading
rifle called, appropriately, the Werndl.