Rifle Trajectories and Rifles
Royal United Services Institution Journal
70th IIiglilandcrs, Lieutenant Instructor, Scliool of ithslietry, Fleet\rood. Until tlic last few years tlic small-arms practice, so called, of the British arniy lias been n farce ; it is notorious tlint not one lnaii in a thgusand of Wcllingtoii's troops had crer learnt to shoot, nntl it irns Iield that of ci-ery 250 bullets fired, 240 acre thrown away. Tlic inodcrii iniprovcnient in sinall arms lins however changed all this : thc Rifleman of 1SG2, tlenling dentli a t R distance of 1,000
... ance of 1,000 yards, is R i-crj cliiferent bcing from tlic soldier of 1800, nitli his n~iiskct liilling once out of 250 tiines at n clistnncc of 100 yards, and the improved ireapon of 0111day has, R ininiiiiiini cnleilation, reiidered tlic firc of infantry soldiers fourfold more cffcctirc tlinn it foimicrly nas; nlicci~spiovitletl, Iiowc~cr, that thc training of thc soldicr in ~vliosc Iin1~1s this neapon is placed, lins bcen siiell as nil1 cnablc liini to elicit or dcrclopc its full power; for, nliatcrer tlic range and accuracy of n iiffc inay be, it obviously loses very nitieli of its d i i c aiid scopc if placcd iii tllc liaiids of R maii unskilled in its use.