Half-Stock Plains Rifles in the American Civil War

LeadShark

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Hi there!

Since you guys gave me some good insight on my last post, I want to ask another question straight away! Did people use half stock plains rifles during the American Civil War? I know that one unit was outfitted with them at the beginning of the war (the 66th Illinois Volunteers), but were there more units that used them? Did individual soldiers bring their own to the war effort and is there evidence of this?

I once again apologize for my less than stellar english and thank you guys for your awesome insights and help. :D

Sincerely,

LeadShark
 

DixieRifles

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Hi and Welcome.

There was another thread about errors that people have seen at reenactments. I think someone mentioned seeing someone using a plains rifle and said it was obviously incorrect. I wasn't aware any were used except maybe civilians or some special scout.

I have a replica Hawken rifle that I have had a long time. I can't see one of these ever being on a battlefield.
 

LouG.

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The 1862 Federal Ordnance Report lists the purchase of 2,707 "Common sportsman's rifles," and of this number, only about a thousand went to the 66th Illinois (Birge's Sharpshooters), so I think you can draw your own conclusions.
 
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