Weapons of War: the Baker Rifle
weapon during the Peninsular War,
the Baker rifle gave the British a clear edge on the battlefield.
rifled barrel allowed greater accuracy, although at a slower reload
rate, but riflemen of the 95th and 60th regiments boasted "one
shot, one kill."
by Ezekiel Baker, the rifle could score nine out of 12 shots at
a target from 200 metres.
short, 30-inch barrel also gave riflemen the choice of loading the
weapon while lying down.
French general Auguste Colbert was killed by a shot through the
head - fired by a British rifleman lying on his back.