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New Illustrated Guide to Modern Rifles & Sub-Machine Guns
By Frederick Major Myatt, Gerard Ridefort
Publisher: Smithmark Pub 1992 160 Pages
PDF 28 MB
Rifled firearms, in which slow, spiral, parallel grooves cut into the bore impart spin to the projectile and give it a considerable degree of stability in flight, existed as early as the 16th century. They were, however, both expensive to make and very slow to load, since a tight-fitting lead sphere had to be forced down the full length of the barrel from the muzzle end. Thus, the rifle remained for many years a weapon mainly for wealthy sportsmen and game shooters,
It is thought that a few rifles, then called "screwed guns", were used as sniper-type arms during the English Civil Wars (1642-51). but probably the first to make wide use of rifled arms were the frontiersmen of North America, who relied on game-shooting for food and other necessities.