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20 September 1854

Slaget ved Alma var et slag under Krimkrigen som sto mellom Russland på den ene siden og Frankrike og Storbritannia på den andre. De engelsk-franske styrkene gikk i land på Krim 13. september 1854. Seks dager senere marsjerte de allierte inn i... Read more ...

20 September 1854

Slaget ved Alma
Slaget ved Alma var et slag under Krimkrigen som sto mellom Russland på den ene siden og Frankrike og Storbritannia på den andre. De engelsk-franske styrkene gikk i land på Krim 13. september 1854. Seks dager senere marsjerte de allierte inn i landet til de kom til elven Alma, der russerne under ledelse av fyrst Mensjikov ventet på dem på et fjellplatå der de hadde bygd opp gode stillinger. Gortsjakov kommanderte russernes høyre fløy, Kirjakov den venstre.

Etter vanskeligheter med å koordinere det allierte angrepet mellom de øverste befalshaverne Marsjall Arnaud og Lord Raglan klarte Pierre Bosquets franske divisjon å nå platået. Britene skulle foreta et lignende angrep på den høyre fløyen, men det var dårlig koordinert, og man ungikk en katastrofe bare takket være de britiske soldatenes utholdenhet. I mellomtiden klarte franskmennene å få en divisjon til opp på platået, og med det avgjøre slaget.




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Four informative black powder videos

Published: 11. September 2012 by Øyvind Flatnes.
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The web is full of informative and interesting videos on black powder shooting, firearms and accessories. This article has collected a few slow motion videos from YouTube that you might find interesting, such as a paper patched bullet exiting the muzzle of a Gibbs rifle.

Have you ever wondered why the nipples of your Whitworth, Volunteer or Gibbs rifle are quickly eroded? Muzzleloading rifles that are used for long range or the Whitworth event in MLAIC competitions often have a patent breech of a smaller diameter in the bottom of the barrel. This 'reversed bottleneck' or powder chamber causes higher pressures compared to straight bored barrels, and a regular steel nipple can be eroded in as little as ten shots. The pressures increase when shooting fine grade powder and heavy bullets. A solution is to get a platinum lined nipple that normally last thousands of shots. The video shows the hammer being forced back by the gas pressure.

Paper patched bullets are fun to shoot. The paper is supposed to leave the bullet as the bullet exits the muzzle. Some shooters think that something is wrong when the paper is shredded to confetti, but this video indicates that the paper completely surround the bullet when the bullet leave the muzzle and the paper starts to separate from the bullet as it spins out of the bore. Fascinating.

Another slow motion video showing a .72 calibre Pedersoli Kodiak muzzleloading double rifle being fired. The ignition time seems slow, but at normal speed it will not be visible to the human eye.

The Muzzle Loaders Associations International Committee is the world governing body for muzzle loading shooting. The 25th MLAIC World Championships was held this year in Germany this summer, and this video from Hungarian competitor Balázs Nemeth gives a fine overview of the championships – both the people and the shooting.