It was decided to equip the Norwegian line infantry and light troops should be equipped with kammerlader rifles. The same day, the 18 bore (lødig) kammerlader Model 1849 was adopted. The guns were manufactured in Norway by the Kongsberg Arms... Read more ...
The Kammerlader became general issue
It was decided to equip the Norwegian line infantry and light troops should be equipped with kammerlader rifles. The same day, the 18 bore (lødig) kammerlader Model 1849 was adopted. The guns were manufactured in Norway by the Kongsberg Arms Factory, by A. Francotte in Liege, Belgium and Crause in Herzberg in present-day Germany. Production in Norway started in 1850 after the production of Model 1846 was finished. Model 1846 and 1849 are fairly similar, and only minor details and markings distinguish them.
As a result, the Norwegian Army's armament was among the most modern in the mid-1800s. Only Prussia, who equipped their troops with von Dreyse's needle gun, was a few steps ahead. However, Norway was the first equipped the entire line infantry with breech-loading firearms.
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It may be discussed whether cast or swaged bullets are best. Of course, both have its advantages, but the disadvantage with swaged bullets is that they are harder to make for the average shooter. However, it is not impossible. This article shows you the simple way to swage bullets using a homemade hammer swage.
Norwegians have for centuries had a tradition of inauguration Christmas with three shoots from a firearm. One shot was fired by the house, one by the barn and one by the stable. Some only fired one shot, but it was considered bad luck to only fire two shots.
The shots were often answered from the neighbouring farms. If no one wanted to be the one to fire the last shot the shooting may continue until the powder horns were empty. Norwegian black powder shooters know better than to waste good powder in that fashion, considering today's powder situation.
Some shot to scare goblins and trolls f, while others used the shots to inaugurate the Christmas celebration. After the shots were fired silence should prevail and no one should break the Christmas peace. I think this is a fine tradition and I encourage everyone to take up this tradition. It is perhaps not the smartest thing to do if you live in a city, but if you live in the countryside it should be possible to shoot a couple of rounds. Make sure you use black powder. Trolls aren't scared of smokeless powders!
Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!