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Zoltar Supporting Member of TMP20 May 2023 4:19 p.m. PST

I am hoping for clarification as to how Skinner's Horse was armed in the early 1800s. They participated in many Campaigns in India from 1800 to the 1820s. Many Indian cavalry regiments of this period had carbines, yet in all the artwork, Skinner's are shown with Matchlocks…even up to 1830.

Most of the art is from parade ground. So, my question is, was Skinner's horse really still using matchlocks this late?

When did they give these up for Carbines?

Thanks for any information or direction.

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP20 May 2023 7:26 p.m. PST

I found this:


Dennis20 May 2023 10:47 p.m. PST

As late as the Anglo-Sikh wars most of the East India Co irregular cavalry, including I believe, Skinner's Horse, were issued match as part of their government provided equipment and supplies according to Harding's Smallarms of the East India Company. As some of the BNI were still carrying flintlock muskets until the very late 1840s I'd be surprised to learn Skinner's Horse had percussion weapons before, say, about 1850.

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