The Art of Shooting with the Rifle

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Contemporary articles, historical perspectives, and advice for the rifleman.

  • Hints for Long Range Riflemen – Horatio Ross letter of 11 April 1864 giving hints “intended more for young men who have not as yet taken part in public competitions than for our old and experienced riflemen.”
  • Wind – from ‘First Hints On Rifle Shooting’ by A.P. Humphry (William Clowes and Sons, London, 1876). Alfred Paget Humphry (1850-1916) was the Queen’s Prize Gold Medal winner in 1871 and represented Great Britain in the GB Rifle Volunteers vs US National Guard competitions of 1882 & 1883.
  • The Back Position – An overview of the back (or supine) position illustrated with 19th century images and photographs of modern riflemen.
  • Managing the Enfield – A short treatise for shooting the Enfield rifle today, covering the rifle, equipment, ammunition, shooting, sighting, cleaning and bedding.
  • Enfield Optics – Problems with open sights for the shooter past the first flush of youth.
  • Long Range Black Powder Rifle Target Shooting – a facebook group. Long range target shooting with the percussion muzzle loading rifle and black powder cartridge rifle. Historical study and shooting today. 19th Century competition at Wimbledon, Creedmoor and Dollymount. Rifles, ammunition and equipment. Riflemen and Gunmakers.