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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Picture series that show a 18 bore naval kammerlader converted according to Landmark's system. If you want to know more about kammerladers, you can read the articles in the "Kammerlader" category. You find the categories in the top menu.
A new article on paper patched bullets is now published. The article discusses bullets loaded in black powder cartridges, but such bullets can be used in muzzleloaders as well. You learn how to make a paper template, how to patch, loading and how to achieve acceptable accuracy with paper patched bullets and black powder. Note that some of the pictures are hidden. To show them, click on a picture and use the arrows to navigate back and forth in the picture gallery.
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