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To: kiriath_jearim

The Spencer was a lot better rifle. Heavier cartridge, quicker to load, and the loading mechanism was less prone to fouling with dirt.


9 posted on 05/08/2006 4:42:04 PM PDT by PzLdr ("The Emperor is not as forgiving as I am" - Darth Vader)
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To: PzLdr
The Spencer was a lot better rifle. Heavier cartridge, quicker to load, and the loading mechanism was less prone to fouling with dirt.

And since the tubular feed mechanism was in the rifle's butt, the barrel could be shortened without limiting the number of available rounds. That feature made the rifle particularly attractive to the Pinkerton agents who served as Lincoln's bodyguards, and accordingly my uncle got one so cut down upon his retirement from the Secret Service.

30 posted on 05/10/2006 9:35:37 AM PDT by archy (I am General Tso. This is my Chief of Staff, Colonel Sanders....)
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