What's the model name of the French Minié Ball rifle Musket?

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I use Goggle translate, this is an example (Google 번역을 사용합니다. 이해할 수 있습니까?) Sometimes it works to ask questions in German, Russian and Chinese. You could try this. George

Yes I can understand your words.

When I write English, I also get help from a translator.

However, for French, the translator is useless. I used a translator to interpret French, but the words were almost impossible to understand.

Korean and French translators do not work properly.


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Thank you for leaving the answer.

I have never seen any data that the minie ball was first used in North Africa in 1849.

It's not clear whether Minie ball was also used in the Crimean War, but 1849 earlier than that... is surprising.

I've seen it say the Minie ball was tested, but I didn't see it in North Africa in 1849.

Where did the information come from? I need a little more detail.

The design of Norton and Greener was taken a step further by two French army captains, Claude-E´tienne Minie´ and Henri-Gustave Delvigne, who in 1849 created the conical, soft-lead bullet with four rings (similar to the three-ring version shown in the illustration above), and a rifle with a grooved barrel to go with it. Delvigne, who would go on to co-design several models of revolving pistols, had earlier created a conical bullet design, but Minie´made the projectile smaller and longer, easier to load. At the time, French troops were facing Algerians whose long rifles outranged French muskets, and the invention of Minie´ offered a solution to that problem.
-- Allan W. Howey -- originally published in the October 1999 issue of Civil War Times Magazine.