Posted by Mike Zeares on October 10, 1997 at 00:31:58:
In Reply to: Re: Elk Hunt posted by Jo on October 09, 1997 at 23:44:17:
I did ask the Blackpowder gentlemen, (between attending to several eight year old boys) why none of his rifles were as long as the one in LOTM; he stated it was a belief then that the longer barrel gave a more true aim; it was the style then. (Certainly didn't hurt Hawkeye's aim!!!) Anyway, just wondering, and you certainly know more of this than I!!! Figure the green stuff out yet?
That would be the famous Pennsylvania Long Rifle, no doubt. The colonies produced some of the finest rifles in the world. Their belief was correct: a longer barrel does improve aim. Has to do with the distance between the front and rear sights. Longer is better. The longer barrel also increases the velocity of the bullet, which improves range and accuracy. Hawkeye's shot in the courier scene is not so improbable as many reviewers thought (or, at least, not if it had been daylight.). Davy Crockett and his boys made some astounding shots with similar rifles at the Alamo.
Mike (hey Rich, how about an Alamo page? :-) )
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