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5280 shooter II wrote: »
This whole thread needs a soundtrackhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=geHLdg_VNww
breamfisher wrote: »
Buford wrote: »
If only they could have bought the tank around.
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If you blunder about slowly with heavy weapons, the enemy will probably find and outmaneuver you. The only way those guns likely would have helped Custer is if he could have had the Enterprise beam them to his position at his call. Maxim guns might have been almost portable enough to help, but still about a decade off for anything practical.
"Nothing is safe from stupid." - Zee
Looks like Spinal Tap.
Besides...Custer NEVER looked that cool
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Adam J. McCleod
Beat me to it.........Classic.............Ken
As for black powder fowling, in a tight action, fowling doesn't play much of a role in gumming up the works. I've fired my Henry over 200 times in one sitting and little to almost no fowling makes its way back into the action because everything was going forward and there was no backward leakage. Most of the residue is from still "slightly" smoking cases as they are retracted and ejected, with some black powder charcoal making its way to the bottom of the action recess where it doesn't interfere with anything.
We already know - and this should have been understood at the time, that a smaller force armed with Spencers as in the Cavalry unit commanded by General Buford at Seminary Ridge was able to hold of a vastly superior force for several hours. These men didn't waste ammo, but yes, they came close to running out of it before being relieved.
The Spencer would have saved the day - and would have made up for poor leadership. Unfortunately, they had both poor leadership and poor weaponry.