Major Bell commented that "I have the honor to state, that the carbine was to-day fired with forty rounds, at three hundred and fifty yards, and performed remarkably well, the accuracy of fire
at that distance not being exceeded heretofore at this place.
Accuracy of fire
, the power of the rounds delivered on-target and speed of fire only come into their own if you're facing someone who is capable of seriously hurting you and actively trying to do it.
The enemy was closing with disconcerting rapidity, "wrote Sprague in his action report, "and the volume and accuracy of fire