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PostSubject: The British imperial infantry firing drills in 1879   Wed Jan 04, 2012 5:04 pm

good evening

How was The British imperial infantry firing drills in 1879?

"at 100 yards, ready...present!" The yardage would be adjusted as needed by the section leader.

Each soldier would then present his rifle and count silently to himself for a count of three.

He would then discharge his weapon without any command to fire.

What you just read was for fires volleys or independent fire?

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PostSubject: Re: The British imperial infantry firing drills in 1879   Wed Jan 11, 2012 8:51 am

How is it that a site of military history, there have so little interested in military matters? scratch
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PostSubject: Re: The British imperial infantry firing drills in 1879   Mon Jan 16, 2012 7:44 am

That is for Volley Fire
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PostSubject: Re: The British imperial infantry firing drills in 1879   Mon Jan 16, 2012 8:07 am

Hi & thank you

Volley fire (4 rpm) OK !

And the order for a independent fire (12 rpm) are?

The word 'fire' is never used to fire a volley fire. But for a independent fire, it is?

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PostSubject: Re: The British imperial infantry firing drills in 1879   Mon Jan 16, 2012 8:37 am

The word of command "Fire" during volley fire came into use during the 1880s.
Independent Fire would only be used at close range and the word of command
would be "Independent Fire" the number of rounds fired per minute was not fixed.
A soldier would fire when he had a target, during volley fire it would depend on the range
and the amount of smoke on the battlefield.
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PostSubject: Re: The British imperial infantry firing drills in 1879   Mon Jan 16, 2012 10:20 am

Thank you for your help Keith4698

In a Independent Fire the maximun number of rounds fired per minute is 12 with the Martini -Henry Rifle ?

So in general with volley fire, the maximun number of rounds fired per minute is 4 with the Martini-Henry Rifle ?

Because if the independant fire could be twice as lethal as volley fire,he use three times as much ammunition...

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PostSubject: Re: The British imperial infantry firing drills in 1879   Mon Jan 16, 2012 4:32 pm

Thanks Keith. Very informative.
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PostSubject: Re: The British imperial infantry firing drills in 1879   Tue Jan 17, 2012 7:31 am

Thanks Keith,again,again,again, :lol!:
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