bskamalov (bskamalov) wrote,

Prussian Train-und Krankenträgerkarabiner М-1855

The carbines were produced from older, altered Prussian M-1821 Cavalry Carbines, and in some cases during the Franco-Prussian War, they were made from captured French percussion carbines. The M-1821 was originally a flintlock smoothbore carbine, that included a sling bar and ring on the flat, opposite the lock. In 1850 and 1851, after Prussia adopted the percussion ignition system, many of the flintlock cavalry carbines were altered to percussion.
Although the Prussian cavalry was being actively rearmed with the new Dreyse M-1857 “needle fire” carbine by the late 1850’s, the obsolete smoothbore percussion Krankenträgerkarabiner remained in use by the Ambulance Corps during the Denmark-Prussian War of 1864, the Austro-Prussian War of 1866 and even the Franco-Prussian War of 1870-1871.

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