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Subj: Berdan Dragoon
Date: 02-02-17 12:23:58 EST
From: firstname.lastname@example.org (J v Helden)
Here are some details about the
Berdan II Dragoon rifle.
These Dragoon rifles became part of the Imperial Russian Army by order of the Tsar dated 26 September 1870.
At the beginning of the Russian-Turkish War in 1876 the Russian Army had 2352 Dragoon rifles.
The total quantity ever made is unknown to me, but except this piece in my own collection I have never seen them, so the survival rate must be very low.
Inf. rifle Dragoon
barrel lenght 831mm 716mm
barrel size 17,9mm 17,0mm
hold by screws springs
rear sight rifle rear sight carbine rear sight
sling provision sling swivels square holes in stock
Other types produced are carbines and kozak rifles.
There must be 30.000 pieces made
by Colt (info from some books), I have never seen one but a Canadian dealer
told me he had several Colt produced Berdan II rifles during the years.
Prior to 1874 most Berdan II rifles (and others) are made by NA & A
Co Ltd Birmingham.
After 1874 the Russians had enough machinery to produce them in their own factories.
Jos van Helden
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