The Lancaster pistol in the Sudan

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The Lancaster pistol in the Sudan

Postby stallturn » 02 Oct 2017 10:10

I am doing some research into the use of the Lancaster pistol during the last two decades of the 19th century.
Analysis of the Lancaster records shows a sales spike in 1885 (particularly in 2Q and 4Q 1885). There is a lot of anecdotal evidence of the Lancaster pistol being used in the Sudan (Burnaby at Abu Klea being the most well-known. Interestingly, Burnaby does not appear in the Lancaster records as a purchaser of a pistol).
Can anyone point me to any specific references to these pistols being used in the Sudan and other Victorian campaigns and actions?
I would be very grateful for any information and leads.
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Re: The Lancaster pistol in the Sudan

Postby Mark » 20 Oct 2017 09:12

Bennett Stanford, an early filmmaker who accompanied Kitchener's army in Sudan in 1898, is said to have carried one at the Battle of Omdurman. Reference to it can be found in the following source:

Burleigh, Bennet, Sirdar and Khalifa, or the Re-conquest of the Sudan, London, Chapman and Hall, 1898.

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