Re: Interesting Letter: English Carbines vs. Robinson Sharps
Those Robinsons made by Samuel Robinson were better than those made after 1863 by the Confederates.
The defective junction of the parts was the way the forestock was carved out. Sharps have a slightly different mortising, and the area is guarded by a small plate. What happened was that as long as the Sharps-type action was loaded and fired, there was no problem. But if the trooper dropped the breech on a loaded round, to check if it was loaded- it allowed powder to dribble down on the top of the breech block and into the open mortising of the under side of the forestock.
If done enough times, sufficient loose powder built up in that space so that flash along the breech face not caught by the gas seal ignited the powder making the forestock a small pipe bomb in the shooter's face.
In gleichem Schritt und Tritt, Curt Schmidt
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