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Old 05-22-2013, 03:00 PM
Location: San Antonio
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Assualt rifles are interesting in this context. Paddy Griffith, an astute British historian who is a heretic on matters of the American Civil War, thinks that the Henry and Spencer, within their Civil War context, were looking forward more to assault rifles than to the breech loaders and bolt action repeaters which supplanted them in military use. This because of their incredibly high rate of fire. Lots of "weak" lead in the air discouraging the enemy more than lower volumes of "strong" lead did. Interesting notion. Griffith and Earl Hess are essential reading if discussing Civil War weaponry.
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Old 07-08-2013, 04:29 PM
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it is too bad that the manufacturing capacity of the New Haven Arms Company could not produce more than about 400 Henry rifles per month. If they could have been produce on a massive scale and adopted by the Union army the war would have been over at least 2 years sooner. That is the "what if" view anyway. The reality is that the Henry Repeating rifle was the best rifle to come out of the Civil War with its concept of "Rapid Fire". It is too made that the US military did not learn about rapid fire until the 1890s with the Krag which was an obsolete rifle at the time it was adopted.

Check out the following link for more information on the Henry rifle in the Civil War.'
Civil War Usage - Henry Repeating Rifle
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Old 07-10-2013, 09:19 AM
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44 Henry,
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