posted on Jan, 3 2015 @ 10:18 PM
a reply to: skalla
It's a shocker that these did not catch on
They were effectively banned from use. They were relatively quiet and there was no smoke to give away the shooters position.
In those days of massed troop deployment, they were seen as a devils weapon to be used only by those inflicting terror. It scared the crap out of
anyone who did not have one. The other problem for its day, was the rapid fire that was once again seen as absolutely shocking. They were faster to
shoot than say a lever action AND you could keep your point of aim in some circumstances. One soldier could fire very rapidly while the opponent was
using muzzle loaders and such like.
That is why they did not catch on and why most were actually destroyed.