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Between the Battle of Waterloo and the Killing Fields of the same country in World War 1 the century saw vast changes in land and sea warfare and the arrival of the aeroplane.
Without getting stuck in the swamp of the political sins of all the great powers of the era is it possible to look at weapons as they might have been at periods of the century if change had been:
-slower (sail lasting longer. No big guns)
-faster ( weird weapons from fiction or aeroplanes arriving early)
I am only interested in the weapons and their inventors or those who argued and defeated change.
No mention of countries or their policies except they are relevant to the weaponry
 

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More rapidly-firing rifles were possible with black powder. The key difficulty was minimizing fouling. See all the grit grooves inside the Ward Burton Model of 19871 rifles’ bolt and firing pin.
The real secret is learned which parts need to be made to tight tolerances and which other parts function better with a little clearance.
 

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The British Army goes into World War 2 with the sort of rifle that it had used at Mons. The Lee Enfield remains a favoured weapon of Afghan armourers. If it had been availsble earlier?
 

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