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22 January 1879

858 britiske soldater og 471 afrikanske allierte ble drept av zulukrigere i slaget ved Isandlwana i nåværende Sør-Afrika. Slaget ved Isandlwana var den første store trefningen under zulukrigen mellom Zuluriket og Det britiske imperiet. En... Read more ...

22 January 1879

Slaget ved Isandlwana
858 britiske soldater og 471 afrikanske allierte ble drept av zulukrigere i slaget ved Isandlwana i nåværende Sør-Afrika. Slaget ved Isandlwana var den første store trefningen under zulukrigen mellom Zuluriket og Det britiske imperiet. En zulustyrke bestående av rundt 20 000 mann, for det meste utstyrt med spyd og skjold, men også noen gamle munnladningsgeværer, utslettet en kombinert britisk-afrikansk styrke, utstyrt med moderne Martini-Henry-geværer og artilleri. Bare omtrent 50 europeere kom seg unna, sammen med noen hundre afrikanere.

Under slaget dannet zulukrigerne en linje på over 3 kilometer med ca. en meters avstand mellom hver mann. Den velorganiserte og disiplinerte slagformasjonen zuluene brukte kan minne om hornene på en bøffel; massiv i front med to horn på begge sider som lukket seg om fienden. De som var i front gikk hardt på, mens krigerne på begge flankene snek seg sakte innpå fienden.

Slaget ved Isandlawna var britenes verste nederlag i en kolonikrig mot innfødte styrker. Nederlaget førte til at britene kom til å føre en mer aggressiv politikk i zulukrigen, og ødela kong Cetshwayo kaMpandes håp om fredsforhandlinger.


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    The video shows the three different methods for compressing black powder, as well as how you can make a drop tube stand.

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    To make a drop tube stand you need a couple of wood boards and two eye screws, in addition to a saw, a hand drill and files. The eyes of the screw must be large enough to accept the drop tube.

    As seen from the drawing, one of the boards is made into a drop tube holder, while the other serves as a base. You can of course glue or otherwise fix the two parts together, but you save storage space by dismantling the stand after use. The two parts are fitted together through a rectangular opening in the bas the matches the drop tube holder.

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    To adjust the height of the tube, thread an O-ring on the tube and rest it against the uppermost eye screw. A rubber band or similar does the job as well.

    I use a loading tube from Pedersoli that I use for loading muzzle-loading rifles. Similar tubes can be made from copper, aluminum, brass or similar. To avoid powder spillage the tube should have a funnel at the top.

    Download illustrated instructions here. The measurements are not critical, but make sure the stand is stable.

    But does this method work? Yes, it does! Take a look at the picture to the right that shows two identical 70 grain loads of Swiss #4. The load to the left is weighed and poured directly from the weight into the vial, while the load to the left is weighed and dropped through and 28in (63.5 cm) drop tube. The difference is approximately 0.5mm/.020 in. The vial is .40in/10.16mm in diameter.