Testing black powder guns with modern equipment
Fascinating. They set out with radar that can track bullets, to see if Billy Dixon's famous 1874 shot (he reportedly shot an Indian off his horse at over 1,500 yards, using a .50-90). Yep, the Sharps could do it. It may launch its heavy bullets at 1200-1300 fps, but they can reach out over 3,600 yards and are deadly even at that range. Fired at 45 degrees, the projectile travels that distance while rising 4,000 feet above the ground and staying in the air for thirty seconds.