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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Today, only the most hardcore enthusiasts use paper patched bullets, but during the childhood of the metallic cartridges in the 1870s and 1880s paper patched bullets were the norm. But what is a paper patched bullet? Read more on how to make and load paper patched bullets and ammunition.
I have received several requests about the Pritchett bullet. I planned to have another batch of moulds made at Lee Precision, but unfortunately they no longer make custom hollow point or hollow base bullets. That means that any new moulds have to be made by another mould maker.
I'm having a batch of kammerlader moulds made a NEI now, and they may be an alternative. They are more expensive, but can make moulds of mehanite (iron) in addition to aluminium.
If someone is interested in Pritchett moulds, or can suggest an alternative maker, you can discuss it in this discussion board thread.
You can also read more abut the Pritchett bullet here.