Firearms and Firepower: First War of Independence, 1880-1881

by Felix Machanik The rifles used by both forces were very similar in manufacture, sighting, calibre, weight, and ammunition. The British were issued with the Martini-Henry, and the Boers mainly used the Westley Richards, falling-block, breech-loader. The Boer victory in this war can largely be attributed to their prowess in handling their rifles, and to …

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