Thursday 30 March 2023

The Pattern 1853 Enfield Rifle Peter Smithurst (Author), Peter Dennis (Illustrator)

 From Osprey. Here

The Pattern 1853 Enfield Rifle was the first rifled firearm issued to every soldier in the British Army, and gave the infantry a revolutionary increase in firepower. First issued in 1853, the Enfield proved itself worthy during both the Crimean War and the Indian Mutiny, where its long range, durability, and interchangeable parts made it a perfect campaign rifle. However, it was during the American Civil War that the Enfield saw the greatest use, with over a million rifles being sold to the armies of both the North and South. This title takes an in-depth look at the design, the history, the mechanics, and the use of one of the most important firearms of the 19th

Artwork: Men of the Rifle Brigade sniping outside the fortress at Sebastopol. It was probably in the Crimean War that sniping as we understand it today had its beginnings, made possible by the long-range accuracy of the new Enfield rifle in the hands of trained and experienced shooters. Here, in a hastily constructed ‘nest' to give concealment and protection, a ‘spotter' uses his telescope to observe when an unlucky Russian gunner shows himself through an opening of a gun emplacement in the fortress walls several hundred yards away, then gives the word to the sniper who takes his shot.
Illustrated by Peter Dennis from The Pattern 1853 Enfield Rifle.

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