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The Mississippi rifle is also too heavy, and carries a large ball; though good for its time, it is now superseded by lighter and more accurate weapons. Take a seat, Adjutant, said Robins, as Lieutenant Nixon entered the tent. We have ,been speaking of the different kinds. of weapons, and by general consent it seems breechloaders are preferred; what think you? I am a better judge of pens than rifles, perhaps, but many old wiseheads still seem to prefer the smooth-bore musket-brown Bess, as it is called-and consider it more destructive than any. Yes, said the Major, their reasons are peculiar; I have frequently heard them. They tell you that at short range, with buckshot, you can kill more than with the rifle. But how often do we get within that short range? If we mutually advanced until within a hundred yards, and then blazed away until one or the other were exterminated, I should decide for a smooth-bore musket, and a sufficiency of buckshot. But suppose the enemy o