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#06 Whitworth Rifle

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Whitworth Rifle

#06 Whitworth Rifle

  • Whitworth Rifle

    #06 Whitworth Rifle

Date: 1857

STATISTICS

Name: Whitworth Rifle
Type: Percussion Military Rifle
Origin: British
Produced: 1857-1865
Number Built: Approx. 13,400
Weight: 9lbs (4kg)
Length: 49in (1,200mm)
Capacity: 1 Round
Calibre: .45 calibre
Effective Range: 800-1,000 Yd (730-910 M)

#06 Whitworth Rifle

Description

The British Whitworth rifle resembles the better-known Enfield Pattern 1853, but features hexagonal rifling and was designed to fire a close-fitting, hexagonal bullet.

This wasted less propellant gas on firing, making it prized for its accuracy amongst Confederate snipers in the American Civil War.

A lesser-known weapon of the period, it appeared recently as a plot point in BBC One’s Victorian police drama Ripper Street.

STATISTICS

Name: Whitworth Rifle
Type: Percussion Military Rifle
Origin: British
Produced: 1857-1865
Number Built: Approx. 13,400
Weight: 9lbs (4kg)
Length: 49in (1,200mm)
Capacity: 1 Round
Calibre: .45 calibre
Effective Range: 800-1,000 Yd (730-910 M)

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