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Seilfregatten Freia gikk av stabelen i Horten som den første norske fregatten bygget etter 1814. Skipet ble... Read more ...

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24. August 455

Vandalene plyndret Roma


25. August 1828

Fregatten Freia ble sjøsatt
Seilfregatten Freia gikk av stabelen i Horten som den første norske fregatten bygget etter 1814. Skipet ble bygget for Den kongelige norske marine og var byggenummer én ved verftet i Horten.

Skipet hadde en besetning på 344 mann og var 44,2 meter langt. Opprinnelig førte det to kanoner på 60 pund, 24 kanoner på 24 pund og 18 kanoner på 18 pund. I 1863 ble skipet bygget om til losjiskip, og i 1870 ble det hugget opp.

På grunn av sin konstruksjon og behovet for oppdrift, måtte skipet sjøsettes med baugen først.

24. August 455


Vandalene plyndret Roma
Vandalene plyndret Roma. Plyndringen i år 455 var den andre av tre plyndringer av byen. Før de gikk inn i byen ødela vandalene Romas akvedukter, og dermed vannforsyningen til innbyggerne. Pave Leo 1. krevde at vandalene ikke skulle ødelegge gamlebyen eller myrde innbyggerne, og vandalenes leder Genseric holdt dette løftet. Portene ble dermed åpnet for Genseric og hans menn.

Vandalene tok seg god tid, og i motsetning til visigoterne som plyndret Roma i tre dager i år 410, så brukte vandalene to uker på jobben. De ødela mange kulturskatter under plyndringen og ble dermed opphav til det moderne uttrykket «vandalisme».

Vandalene var et germansk folkeslag, som utgjorde en betydelig del av trusselen mot Romerriket i den såkalte folkevandringstiden. Vandalene vandret gjennom Gallia og Hispania før de dannet et betydelig kongedømme i Nord-Afrika med hovedstad i dagens Algerie. Herfra dominerte de øyene i det vestlige Middelhavet. I 534 overga den siste vandalkongen seg til romerne, og etter dette hadde vandalene lite betydning i historien.


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The Model 1860 Kammerlader Rifle

Category: Norwegian kammerlader
Published: 18. September 2008 by Øyvind Flatnes.
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Kammerlader

Model 1860 Army kammerlader, converted to metallic cartridge after Lund's system some time after 1867.

The 18 bore kammerlader rifles were continuously improved from the time the first model was adopted in 1842. In 1860 a new model was adopted. This model had several radical changes: The most important being the reduction of the calibre from 18 bore to 4''' (linjer, an old Norwegian measuring unit). Since roundballs were no longer used it served no purpose to designate the calibre in bullets per pound. 4''' equals 11.77 mm, and compared to the 18 bore rifles the calibre was reduced with 5 mm. The internals of the barrel were also changed. While the 18 bore kammerlader rifles had Krupp rifling the Model 1860 had hexagonal Whithworth rilfing. Another new feature was rifled chambers. The 4''' kammerlader is a lighter and slender firearm compared to the old models.

Both civilian and military 4''' kammerlader rifles. Civilian kammerlader rifles for the shooting societies were made from parts that were intended for the military rifles. The shooting society kammerlader rifles are distinguished by the steel buttplate and barrel bands. The Army versions had brass bands and buttplate.

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Kammerlader

Model 1860/67 Naval kammerlader
Landmark conversion.

The new kammerlader rifles had a short active service, and were soon converted to fire metallic cartridges. When the metallic cartridge was adopted along with the Remington rolling block rifle in 1867, most of the Model 1860 kammerlader rifles were converted to the new calibre. Two conversion systems were used. The Army used the system of Jacob Lund and the Navy relied on the system of Jens Landmark. The conversions are called Lund's rifles and Landmark's rifles. The new calibre was decided to be 12.17 mm, and the new cartridge got the official designation '12 mm Remington' (also known as 12.17x44, 12x42, 12.17x42, 12.7x44 and similar). You can read more about this cartridge in the article about the Remington rolling block.

Models

The following 4''' models are known:

  • M/1860 4''' Army three bander (long)
  • M/1860 4''' Army two bander (short)
  • M/1860 4''' three bander (long) for shooting societies
  • M/1860 4''' two bander (short) for shooting societies
  • M/1860 4''' Navy two bander
  • M/1862 4''' artillery carbine
  • M/1865 4''' cavalry carbine

Kammerlader

Model 1860/67 Army kammerlader
Lund's conversion. Notice the
rimfire breech block.

Today it is extremely rare to find an unconverted 4''' kammerlader rifle. If you find one, it is probably one of the shooting society models. The 4''' kammerlader rifles were very accurate in it time, and they performed very well in a comparativ shooting competition in Belgium in 1861.

Bayonets

The short Model 1860 kammerlader rifles were equipped with yataghan style sabre bayonets similar to that of the Remington rifle. It was also basically similar to the 18 bore short rifle bayonet. The long rifles was fitted with a socket bayonet.