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A Course of Instruction in Rifle Firing 1879

Col. T. T. S. Laidley

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A Course of Instruction in Rifle Firing 1879

402 pages, about 5 1/2" x 8", glossy soft-cover in full color. New re-print restored and digitally enhanced from a nice copy. Printed on high quality 20# 97 bright acid free paper. Illustrated. This is the first edition with the revised portions of the second edition and a modern commentary by historian Paul Milligan.

(A portion of the proceeds from sale of this book will be donated to autism research as arranged with Mr. Milligan.)

Contents - Index:

  • Pages: 402
  • By Col. T. T. S. Laidley
  • A Course of Instruction in Rifle Firing 1879
    Col. T.T.S. Laidley Ordnance Department U.S. Army
    Prepared by Command of Brig. Gen'l S. V. Benet
    Chief of Ordnance U.S. Army
  • Why we should teach proficiency
  • The Rifle, its construction and care
  • Dismounting and assembly of the Rifle
  • How to rebrown portions of the Barrel
  • Cartridges how they work
  • Franklin Cases
  • Bridgeport Cases
  • Lowell Cases
  • Priming, Powder and the Bullet
  • Reloading
  • The Motion of Bullets and gravity
  • Projectile angles and estimating Distances
  • Variations in Rifles
  • How to Practice and General Rules
  • Order of Exercises - Pointing, Arms, Kneel, Aiming
  • Colonel Laidley's Stand and how to use it
  • Laidley's practice musket and how to use it
  • Targets and Iron Targets and Canvas Targets
  • Colonel Laidley's target
  • Markers Shelters
  • Swiss Targets and Wimbledon Targets
  • French targets and Vanishing Targets
  • Practicing at Rifle Ranges
  • Using Sporting Sights
  • The Wind and Atmospheric Conditions
  • Dress and Diet and Training
  • The Firing School at Spandau
  • Regulations of the National Rifle Association
  • Rifle Sights Model 1879
  • Weights and Dimensions of Muskets of Different Nations
  • Dangerous Spaces for Foot Soldiers with Muskets
  • A Soldier's target record
  • Modern Commentary by Paul Milligan
  • Pages from the Revised Course in Rifle Firing of 1880