The British Soldier’s Firearm by Roads


The British Soldier’s Firearm: From Smoothbore to Smallbore 1850–1864 by Dr. C.H. Roads

This work follows the story of the development of British small arms from the “first serious British official experiments to harness that system of rifling that had revolutionized military thought on the Continent” to the advent of the metallic cartridge breechloader.


  • Hardcover with dustjacket
  • 6″ x 9″
  • 332 pages
  • 360 b&w photos/illustrations
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Table of Contents:
1. The Delvigne-Minie System in England, 1850-1852; The Pattern 1851 Rifle Musket
2. The Introduction of the Pattern 1853 Rifled Musket, 1852-4
3. The 1853 Pattern Rifle Musket
4. Derivative Arms of the Pattern 1853 Rifled Musket
5. Experimental Service Pattern Muzzle-Loading Rifles: 1850-1864
6. Ammunition
7. The Capping Breech-Loader in British Service, 1854-1866; the Westley Richards Cavalry Carbine & Companion Arms


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