Discussion in 'Marksmanship Arts' started by arnisador, Jun 20, 2010.
Marksmanship in 1775: Myth or reality?
Anyone know the origin of the term "the rifleman's quarter mile" that is used by the Appleseed project? At what point were American rifles (not muskets) technologically advanced enough to meet this goal? From some preliminary and sketchy research it appears that the term is in use during WW II but I am wondering how far back it goes?
To place my question into context: an 18th century long rifle might have an effective range of 250 - 300 yards in the right hands (i.e. an expert marksman remarkably in tune with his own weapon) - but 100 yards was probably far more typical; jump to 1848 and the Sharps Rifle gave you 2-3 times the effective range. Does it make sense that a "rifleman's quarter mile" seems more attainable during this era compared to earlier ones - or am I missing something here?
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