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Re: [civilwarwest] Repeating rifles

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  • keeno2@aol.com
    The Sharps, which is the most used long arm during the Overland Campaign, was manually cocked and required a percussion cap. The lever served only to drop the
    Message 1 of 2 , Oct 4, 2005
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      The Sharps, which is the most used long arm during the Overland Campaign, was manually cocked and required a percussion cap. The lever served only to drop the breech-block. When the block was raised, it sheared off the end of the cartridge. A cap was fitted on the nipple and the hammer was pulled back to full-cock.
       
      The primary advantage of the Sharps over the Springfield and Enfield was that it didn't require the ramrod, hence, rate of fire was increased.
      Ken
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