1864: The British government adopts (American) Jacob Snider’s breech-loading conversion for the P-1853 musket, with first issue in 1866. It uses a cutting-edge brass cartridge. 1865: The British War Office announces a series of rifle trials to replace the stop-gap Snider. 1866-67: 104 rifles compete until only nine were left standing. None of them exactly won, […]
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