The Battle of the Washita occurred on this day in 1868 when Lt. Col. George Armstrong Custer’s 7th U.S. Cavalry attacked Black Kettle’s Southern Cheyenne camp on the Washita River (near present-day Cheyenne, Oklahoma), part of a major winter... Read more ...
Battle of the Washita
The Battle of the Washita occurred on this day in 1868 when Lt. Col. George Armstrong Custer’s 7th U.S. Cavalry attacked Black Kettle’s Southern Cheyenne camp on the Washita River (near present-day Cheyenne, Oklahoma), part of a major winter encampment of numerous Native American tribal bands.
Following the event, a controversy arose as to whether the event was best described as a military victory or as a massacre. This discussion endures among historians to this day.
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A precondition for good accuracy with minié bullets are properly dimensioned bullets that fit the barrel. Many .58 calibre bullet moulds have a .575\" diameter, while the bore diameter of many muskets is .580 or more. This article shows you how to enlarge a bullet mould cavity.
Published: 15 November 2008 by Øyvind Flatnes.
The drawing below shows an exploded view of a Danish-Norwegian military flintlock. Note that he translation of this article is not quite finished.
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You can read more about the development of the matchlock, wheellock, flintlock and percussion lock and their practical use in the brand new book From Musket to Metallic Cartridge: A Practical History of Black Powder Firearms.
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1. Cock screw
33. Tumbler hook of mainspring
35. Lower limb of mainspring
37. Upper limb of mainspring
38. Cup of tumbler
40. Gjengehull for slagfjærskrue
41. Gjengehull for fengpanneskrue
42. Gjengehull for stangfjærskrue
43. Gjengehull for stangskrue
44. Forsterkningsknast for gjengehull
45. Firkanttapp for hane