When the Cartridge Came Into Use
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When the Cartridge Came Into Use

When the Cartridge Came Into Use




      

When the Cartridge Came Into Use


When the Cartridge Came Into Use

With the coming of the metallic cartridge—that is, a metal shell in which the fulminate is placed in the closed end, or head, with the powder on top of it and the bullet set in the open end—all the old-time bother and trouble of the ramrodders ended, though they did not end at once because the new ammunition and the guns to use it in were very costly.

The metallic cartridge first saw the light of day in 1831 and the credit of its invention is due to the French. After its introduction over there it was several years before it was brought to the United States, and as late as Civil War days the boys in blue and gray used a scheme just a notch ahead of the ancient powderflask and bullet pouch. It consisted of a paper, or linen cartridge, which carried the exact charge in it and one end of which the soldier was supposed to tear off with his fingers, but which he found it easier to bite off with his teeth just before loading his musket.

Shortly after the war was over the first metallic cartridges came into use in this country, but even then it was a long time before they became popular because, as I have pointed out above, both the cartridges and the breech-loaders for shooting them were so expensive. Still rich sportsmen had them and a demand was thus created which was a step in the direction of making them cheaper.

Collins, A. Frederick. Shooting, for Boys,. New York: Moffat, Yard and, 1917. Print.

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