Original 19th Century French Minié-Cordier Percussion Training Rifle – circa 1860
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Original Item: Only One Available. This is a great example of a French Minié-Cordier Percussion Training Rifle, as used during the 1860’s. These were intended to teach young fresh recruits to overcome their fear of of the detonating percussion cap when discharging the standard French Infantry Rifle. For months these recruits drilled with these Minié-Cordier training rifles that moved the nipple placement from directly new the right eye to half way up the barrel. The hammer was attached to a long rod which in turn struck the percussion nipple once the rifle’s trigger was pulled. The resulting explosion being well displaced from the recruits face soon taught the boy soldier that the nipple explosion was nothing to worry about.