Enfield Pattern 1853

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Enfield Pattern 1853 - .577 Ball
Enfield 1853 - .577 Ball

The Enfield 1853 Rifle-Musket was a British percussion fired rifled musket that would see use in the Crimean War, the second Opium War, and the New Zeland Wars among many other British conflicts of late 19th century. Allegations its paper cartridges, which were to be opened by biting them, were sealed with pork and/or beef fat that was sacrilege to Muslims and Hindus (respectively) would spark the 1857 Indian Mutiny. The Snider–Enfield cartridge conversion saw rearline use as late was the first World War.

Most film appearances of this rifle are set in the American Civil War, as it was exported to both the North and the South to the point it was the second most widely used infantry weapon in the war, surpassed only by the Springfield Model 1861 Rifled Musket. The Confederates imported more Enfields during the course of the war than any other small arm, buying from private contractors and gun runners when the British government refused to sell them arms after it became obvious that the Confederacy could not win the war. It has been estimated that over 900,000 P53 Enfields were imported to America and saw service in every major engagement from the Battle of Shiloh (April, 1862) and the Siege of Vicksburg (May 1863), to the final battles of 1865. Afterwards, the American rifles would be exported to Meiji Era Japan where they would see use in the Boshin War and Satsuma Rebellion.

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Specifications

  • Weight: 9 lb 5 oz (4.2 kg), unloaded
  • Length: 55in (139.7cm)
  • Calibre: .577 Ball
  • Action: Percussion Cap
  • Rate of fire: User dependent, Usually 3+ rounds a minute
  • Muzzle velocity: 900 ft/s (270 m/s)
  • Maximum range: 2000 yd (1828.8m)
  • Feed system: Muzzle-loading
  • Sights: adjustable ramp rear sights, Fixed-post front sights

The Enfield Pattern 1853 has appeared in the following movies, television shows and video games used by the following actors:

Film

Title Actor Character Note Date
The Big Trail John Wayne Breck Coleman 1930
Springfield Rifle Union troops 1952
The King of Khyber Rifles Tyrone Power Capt Alan King 1953
The King of Khyber Rifles British soldiers 1953
The King of Khyber Rifles Indian soldiers 1953
20000 Leagues Under the Sea Marines from "that accursed nation" Seen in the assault on Captain Nemo's lair, Vulcania 1954
Women of Devil's Island Michèle Mercier Martine Foucher mocked as Charleville musket 1962
Guy Madison Henri Vallière
Fernando Piazza Michael
French soldiers
The Charge of the Light Brigade British soldiers 1968
White Fang Daniel Martín Charlie 1973
How Ivanushka the Fool Travelled in Search of Wonder (Kak Ivanushka-durachok za chudom khodil) Soldiers 1977
Glory Denzel Washington Pvt. Trip 1989
Union and Confederate troops
White Hunter Black Heart Seen in John Wilson's house 1990
Dances With Wolves Confederate soldiers 1990
Shadow of the Wolf Toshirô Mifune Kroomak 1992
Far and Away One of Stephen Chase's men 1992
Enemy Gold Union and Confederate troops 1993
Gettysburg Union and Confederate troops 1993
Lady Into Lassie (Baryshnya-krestyanka) Dmitriy Shcherbina Aleksey Berestov Pattern 1856 Army Short Rifle 1995
Amistad Union and Confederate troops 1997
The Sign of Four British-Indian soldiers 2001
Gods and Generals C. Thomas Howell Thomas Chamberlain 2003
Stephen Lang Stonewall Jackson
Union and Confederate soldiers
Cold Mountain Confederate soldiers 2003
The Last Samurai Tom Cruise Nathan Algren 2003
Japanese troops
The Hidden Blade Soldiers 2004
The Fall Governor Odious's soldiers 2006
Night at the Museum Union and Confederate soldiers 2006
An American Carol Union soldiers 2008
In the Electric Mist Confederate soldiers 2009
X-Men Origins: Wolverine Hugh Jackman James Howlett 2009
Civil War soldiers
Jonah Hex Union and Confederate Troops 2010
Lincoln Union and Confederate Troops 2012
Unforgiven soldiers 2013
Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues members of the history network team 2013
Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb Union and Confederate soldiers 2014
Mad Max: Fury Road Megan Gale The Valkyrie 2015
Free State of Jones Matthew McConaughey Newton Knight 2016
Union and Confederate soldiers

Television

Title Actor Character Note Date
Sherlock Holmes British soldiers Short Rifle; "The Hound of the Baskervilles" (S02E04) 1968
North and South: Book II Union and Confederate soldiers 1986
Inspector Morse British soldiers in 1859 "The Wench Is Dead" (S11E01) 1998
NCIS - Season 3 Union re-enactors Silver War (S3E04) 2005
Mythbusters Swimming With Syrup (S07E05) 2009
Lock 'n Load With R. Lee Ermey R. Lee Ermey Himself 2009
Wild Boys Captain 2011
Revolution Militia men 2012
Hatfields & McCoys Kevin Costner William Hatfield 2012
Bill Paxton Randall McCoy
1864 Danish soldier 2014
Endeavour - Season 2 Reenactors of British Army of Crimean War "Trove" (S02E01) 2014

Video Game

Game Title Appears as Note Release Date
Assassin's Creed III 2012
Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag 2013
Assassin's Creed Rogue 2014

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