Gun Photos: 15 Classic Combat Rifles

Muskets, Powder and Patriots

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Rotating the trigger guard a full-turn opened the breech of the Ferguson rifle. The ball, followed by the powder, was inserted into the opening atop the breech. The rotating breech plug provided an excellent gas seal and also sheared the excess powder. Credit: West Point Museum.

Gun Digest Book of Classic Combat RiflesThis Photo Gallery is an excerpt from the Gun Digest Book of Classic Combat Rifles.

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