En avtalt kamp mellom 30 engelske og 30 fransk-bretonske riddere fant sted i nærheten av slottet Josselin i Bretagne under den bretonske arvefølgekrigen. Krigen var en del av Hundreårskrigen og var en konflikt mellom Karl av Blois og huset... Read more ...
En avtalt kamp mellom 30 engelske og 30 fransk-bretonske riddere fant sted i nærheten av slottet Josselin i Bretagne under den bretonske arvefølgekrigen. Krigen var en del av Hundreårskrigen og var en konflikt mellom Karl av Blois og huset Montfort. Jean de Beaumanoir, en av Karl av Blois kapteiner og våpenbror til den franske heltefiguren Bertrand du Guesclin, utfordret Robert Bramborough, tilhenger av Montfort, på en kamp mellom partene siden Bramborough hadde brutt en våpenhvile.
Kampen sto mellom 30 riddere og væpnere på hver side. Jean de Beaumanoir vant kampen. Samtlige stridende ble ifølge legenden enten drept eller såret. Bramborough var en av ni av Montforts tilhengere som falt i kampen. Den engelske siden hadde ni døde og resten ble tatt til fange. Den fransk-bretonske siden hadde tre døde, men sannsynligvis var tallet høyere.
Selv om kampen ikke hadde direkte innvirkning på utfallet av krigen, ble den sett på i samtiden som det yppereste eksempelet på ridderliget.
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During the 1870s and 80s a widespread slaughter of the American bison decimated the herds to near extinction. The professional hunters used powerful single shot breech-loading rifles, most often in calibre .50, .45 or .44. The most legendary rifle used on the buffalo ranges was, perhaps next to the Springfield Model 1873 \'Trapdoor\' and the Remington rolling block, the legendary Sharps Model 1874.
Published: 24. November 2007 by Øyvind Flatnes.
Edited: 25. November 2007.
Click here to see my drawings of how the first models were loaded with the paper cartridge.
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You can read more about the Norwegian chamber-loading 'kammerlader' rifles and other capping breech-loading rifles and carbines, as well as needle guns such as the Dreyse and Chassepot in the brand new book From Musket to Metallic Cartridge: A Practical History of Black Powder Firearms.
Some counterfactual thoughts
As the chamber-loading rifles never saw any combat in its service timeframe, we actually have to imagine what had happened if it was used in the hands of soldiers in a war. If we look to other nations and their armies, Norway was far ahead of most others. One exception is Prussia which adopted von Dreyse’s 15.4 mm (.60”) needle-gun in 1841. The needle-gun, or Zündnadelgewehr as it was called in Prussia, fired a self-contained cartridge, while the chamber-loader had to be loaded with paper cartridge and loose caps. However, the needle-gun had its limitations.
In the rest of the world the muzzleloader was still extensively used. At the outbreak of the American Civil War 19 years after the adoption of the chamber-loader Norway had already improved their first chamber-loader and reduced the calibre. The Civil War was largely fought with muzzleloading rifle muskets. Would the outcome of the war have been different if one or both of the opposing parties had been armed with the Norwegian chamber-loader? Probably not. First of all, the Civil War was largely fought with outdated battle tactics from the time of the smoothbore musket. Secondly, the troops lacked marksman training.
However, an army that was trained both with the kammerlader rifle and more appropriate battle tactics would probably have had some impact in the wars that were fought with muzzleloaders. One example is the battle of Königsgrätz in 1866 when Bismarck's Prussians armed with von Dreyse's needle-guns completely overrand the Austrians that were armed with muzzleloaders.
It can be a bit difficult to get hold of a proper bullet mould for a kammerlader. I have made my own drawings and made a bullet mould that casts a replica of the Model 1855 bullet.
To the left: Paper cartridges. To the right: Bullets cast from a custom mould.
To the left: A good group shot with a M/1849/55/59 two band kammerlader. Right: Shooting a M/1849/55/59 two band kammerlader.