The Minie ball, or more correctly, the Minié ball, is one of those funny little technologies that completely changed warfare and in its own way altered the course of history.
While it might not be completely fair to cast it as the killingest bullet in all of history — something that came out of a spam can with Cyrillic lettering might be a contender, and let’s not take flying rocks off the table, either — it’s probably the killingest bullet in American history.
For the record, a 575-grain projectile traveling at around 950 feet per second — that’s at the low end for these — makes over 1,100 foot-pounds of force at the muzzle, almost as much energy as a modern intermediate cartridge and with way more momentum.
We got in two of our best-selling Turkish imports from Landor Arms – the AR-style LND-117 shotgun and the bullpup BPX 902 – to give them a whirl on the range and see if the reliability could be paired with the affordable price.
Marlin once claimed their Model 39 as the eldest continually produced, shoulder-fired rifle of all time. Though that record ended when the Marlin brand was parted-off to Ruger, the rimfire world is anticipating a return of this classic.