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To: MuttTheHoople

The air rifle cost far too much.
Another example of the mindset: after the Civil War, the Army rejected lever action weapons because the rate of fire was too high and might cause the soldiers to waste ammo.


3 posted on 02/12/2013 1:31:16 PM PST by Little Ray (Waiting for the return of the Gods of the Copybook Headings.)
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To: Little Ray

“the Army rejected lever action weapons because the rate of fire was too high and might cause the soldiers to waste ammo.”

Not at all true. Quite a few lever actions were put into the field on a test basis and were uniformly rejected by officers and soldiers alike. The rounds were too light, not at all the equal of the .45-70(particularly the 500 grn round issued to the infantry).

Our doctrine at the time was to engage the enemy at longer distances than the lever actions were capable of reaching with any degree of certainty.

This is well documented in the reports of the Ordnance Department.


12 posted on 02/12/2013 2:03:07 PM PST by buffaloguy
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