P58 Enfield and the N-SSA
In an effort to get more out of my hobby, I research joining my local unit of the N-SSA. I would really like to live fire my 1861 Springfield on a regular basis in a competitive shooting environment. The N-SSA seemed to be just the ticket.
However, I was deeply disappointed to find out the local unit, 19th Indiana – Iron Brigade, only uses 2 banded rifle-muskets … such as the P58 Enfield … for competitive shooting. The reason is obvious; the N-SSA competition is based on time … highest number of targets hit in the shortest amount of time wins.
The P58, having a shorter barrel, re-loads faster. So, my 1861 Springfield is out. While I can use it, I will never be chosen as a shooter for the team because of my slower re-load time.
So, my question comes down to this, were P58 Enfield's a common shoulder arm in Federal Volunteer Infantry Units during the Civil War?
The information I have been able to find says there was a ratio of 7 (P53’s) : 1 (P58’s) … which makes the P58’s downright scarce in my book.y
Last edited by tjdull; 04-16-2012 at 07:01 PM.
Terry Dull - CW Reenactor
142nd PVI, HQ - Dull, Samuel Sgt Maj, Co. H - Daniel 1st Lt, Romanus Sgt, Walter Pvt, Co. D - George Pvt
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