What did 19th-century marksmen use to take down animals that weigh a (literal) ton?
One hundred fifty years ago, the United States was a country rapidly splitting in two, with both North and South quickly moving to acquire arms for the inevitable conflict. Both the Union and the Confederacy had only the tools of the past war immediately available as they first came to conflict.
Let’s imagine that the year is 1874 in the Texas panhandle, you are one of 28 men under attack by as many as 700 Comanche, Cheyenne and Kiowa warriors, and you just witnessed a 24-year-old named Billy Dixon shoot an enemy warrior off his horse almost a mile away. Now, given some background, what kind of firearm would it take to shoot at what was later recorded as 1,538 yards?