Small Arms School Corps

Small Arms School Corps Prior to 1849, almost all infantrymen in all armies used the inaccurate and slow-loading musket. To make up for its inadequacies, the normal practice was to fire in volleys, rather than individually, and hence proficiency came from parade ground drilling with a Drill Sergeant. After the invention of the Minié rifle, however, the accuracy of the individual soldier was greatly increased, and marksmanship became possible. To help in the tutelage of this skill, a school of sorts was deemed necessary – hence the Small Arms School’s formal foundation in 1854.

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