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Old 09-26-2013, 01:51 AM   #11
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Military weapons were sighted to a "Point Blank" range. The Navy firing a conical was sighted to strike the POI at 75 Yards. Holding on an enemies belt buckle the bullet would be a certain amount above or below the line of sight. This is a point blank hold. These were not target pistols. Hits in the upper torso neck and head even at one hundred yards were often fatal. Most people shot with percussion handguns died 3 days later from infection.

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Old 09-26-2013, 10:34 AM   #12
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Not sure I agree with the "point blank" theory in total, as it does not apply across the board between the Colt and Remington pistols. Both of which were used by the military.

I have read for years on different forums that the Colts were designed for longer ranges. And, my experience has always been they do shoot high at closer distances. It would be interesting to see some source material on the design of the Colt pistol with respect to their sighting and distance if you can cite it.

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I have read for years on different forums that the Colts were designed for longer ranges. And, my experience has always been they do shoot high at closer distances. It would be interesting to see some source material on the design of the Colt pistol with respect to their sighting and distance if you can cite it.

I think one place its covered is in the book Civil War Firearms: Their Historical Background and Tactical Use by Joseph G. Bilby but I don't have my copy handy to verify it.
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