Author Topic: A very good article on the Ferguson rifle  (Read 586 times)

Offline Dennis Glazener

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Re: A very good article on the Ferguson rifle
« Reply #1 on: December 20, 2018, 08:40:58 PM »
Thank you, Sir Dennis, for posting this fine article.  A love of history has been mine since about age 5, living in D.C., and having a Naval officer to guide me.

Ferguson certainly was an inquisitive soul, and of course developed improvements on the original breech-loading gun.

But reading it again, I do wonder how the British Army won so many battles and colonized so much territory.  When I read, "Ferguson was part of a generation of active, intelligent, professional and ambitious British light infantry officers," I really question one's ability if one "purchases" his commission, THEN goes to school to learn tactics and strategy.  I wonder what a Cornet cost, in 1760-70 terms.  And were the higher ranks also purchased?

There is much to admire about Ferguson's rifle, and about the British Army.  But I still dislike officers who purchase their rank.  Is it no wonder that I feel many of the BA officers of that period were terribly arrogant?

Again, thanks for posting this very educational article.
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Re: A very good article on the Ferguson rifle
« Reply #2 on: January 13, 2019, 08:05:39 PM »
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