Long Range Rifle FireA collection of articles on historical topics providing hitherto difficult to find contemporary texts and newly written pieces for the student of long range shooting.
- Long-Range Rifle Fire - An overview of the development of the rifle in British military service from 1680 to 1885, and the impact on long-range shooting 
- Long Range Shooting: An Historical Perspective - A new historical perspective from the earliest times down to the late 19th Century.
- A Short History of Long Range Shooting in the USA - Long range shooting from the early European settlers through to modern times.
- .45-70 at Two Miles - The Sandy Hook Tests of 1879. U.S. long range rifle fire with the Springfield and Martini-Henry rifle.
- Hints for Long Range Riflemen - Horatio Ross letter of 11 April 1864 giving hints "intended more for young men who have not as yet taken part in public competitions than for our old and experienced riflemen."
- Wind - from 'First Hints On Rifle Shooting' by A.P. Humphry (William Clowes and Sons, London, 1876). Alfred Paget Humphry (1850-1916) was the Queen's Prize Gold Medal winner in 1871 and represented Great Britain in the GB Rifle Volunteers vs US National Guard competitions of 1882 & 1883.
- The Back Position - An overview of the back (or supine) position illustrated with 19th century images and photographs of modern riflemen.
Long Range Target RiflesLong range target rifles are scarce and highly prized collectors items today. While some saw limited use as sharpshooters arms (notably in the American Civil War) the rifles featured here in these general discussions were more often encountered on the rifle range. Further information can also be found at: Gunmakers.
- Small-bore Rifles Compared - Average scores achieved with small-bore muzzle loading rifles at Wimbledon, 1862.
- The 1862 London International Exhibition - John Rigby's observations on long-range rifles at the Exhibition
- Creedmoor Rifles, 1873 - American manufacturers responded to the need for a long range target rifle.
- The Creedmoor Rifle, 1876 - Contemporary information on the basic form and ammunition for the American long range rifle.
- Short Barrel and Long Range - Long range trials with a short barreled Remington rifle .
- Elcho Shield Rifles, 1878 - Despite defeats at the hands of American riflemen, British riflemen were slow to adopt the breech loader for match rifle shooting.
- Gibbs-Farquharson-Metford - The breech loading rifle manufactured by George Gibbs with action designed by John Farquharson and barrel by William Metford.
AmmunitionProjectiles, history of the cartridge from paper tube to solid-drawn case. Contemporary information on loading.
- Metford & Bullet Alloys - W.E. Metford's correspondence with Sir H. Halford provide a fascinating insight into the experimentation conducted by these gentlemen in the pursuit of accuracy.
- Rigby, Quicksilver & Bullet Alloys - Contemporary comment from the 1870s on bullet alloys and in particular the use of quicksilver (mercury) as a bullet-hardener.
- Report of Experiments - In the Annual Report of the National Rifle Association for 1875, General Alexander Shaler (President 1875-1877) reported on experiments with powder charges for long range shooting.
- The Perils of Hand Loading and How to Wrap Bullets - Observations from the 1880s on hand loading and paper patched bullets
- The Science of Long Range Shooting - Edwin Perry shares in his Modern Observations on Rifle Shooting (1880), some of the major changes / advancements at Creedmoor, in particular regarding bullet alloys.
- Paper Patching: A Pictorial Guide - A quick tutorial on paper patching bullets.
- 19thC. Patching Paper - Patching Paper for Small Bore Match Rifles; an examination by analysis of a sample c1870
AccessoriesAccessories associated with rifles and rifle shooting. Military, sporting and target rifles.
- Ammunition Range Box - Match rifle box to hold ammunition, glass tubes for weighed powder charges
- Parker-Hale Rifle Sights - Dr Goodwin Orthoptic Sight sold with/for Parker-Hale muzzle loading Volunteer rifle
- Silver’s Anti-Recoil Heel-Plate - In 1874 H.A. Silver was granted a firearms related patent for an India-rubber cushion applied to the butt end of a stock.
- Wilson and Steward's Sight Elevator - A gauge bearing the mark "Wilson and Steward's" and a London address for J.H. Steward.
Long Range Muzzle LoadingLong range target shooting with the muzzle loading rifle offers the discerning rifleman opportunity to participate in a challenging and ultimately very rewarding discipline. The sport is rich in heritage and the origins of many of todays national shooting associations stem from the muzzle loading era.
- Long Range Muzzle Loading: Historical Background & Shooting Today - Introductory article to the following series:
- The Muzzle Loading Match Rifle in Great Britain
- Long Range Muzzle Loading in Great Britain
- Long Range Muzzle Loading Worldwide
- LRML: Rifles & Equipment
- Long Range Shooting with the Military Muzzle Loading Rifle
- The following articles credited to Bill Roberts are reprinted (with permission) from “Long Range Black Powder Shooting” – William A. Roberts, Jr. Muzzle Blasts, USA, November 1999, December 1999, January 2000.
- A Beginner’s Perspective
- Bullets & Wads
- Loading Accessories
- Loading the Rifle
- Shooting Pointers
- Casting Bullets
- Pedersoli Gibbs: Instructions & Advice for Long Range Shooting - Special instructions packed with new Pedersoli Gibbs rifles after late 2006.
- Bedding the Parker-Hale - It is perfectly possible to clean a muzzle loading Enfield type of rifle thoroughly without ever taking the barrel out of the wood.
- Breech Plugs - The long range muzzle loading rifle is a specialty of its own and has components that are not found on any other type of muzzle loader. The most important of these is the breech plug.
- Euroarms Volunteer: Disassembly Assembly - Removing the breech plug from the Volunteer is not a straight forwards process!