Rifle Stadium - Victorian Stadiametric Rangefinder
This is an accurate reproduction of an original rifle stadium produced by Holtzapfel & Co. in 1864. A precisely engraved machined brass instrument used to determine the range of a target for rifle shooters.
Referred to by Hans Busk in his "Handbook for Hythe" as an expedient field method of determining distance. These were popular with British Army officers, especially among the Rifle Volunteers. Stadia like these saw service in the Crimean War, the Indian Mutiny, the American Civil War, and the Zulu War. Perhaps best known for their use in the American Civil War, these stadia and others like it were common privately purchased items by officers on both sides of the conflict.
At the time this instrument cost ten shillings, fourpence, or the equivalent of ten days pay for the common soldier, a testament to the quality and precision of the original article that we have faithfully reproduced.
An instrument of weight and heft constructed of thick gauge brass. It measures 3 inches in height, and 1.5 inches in width. It has a high quality riveted slide, and a jute string measuring 18 inches with a bead on both ends. One side is for infantry targets (6 ft. in height), and one for cavalry targets (8 ft.).
The measured string is stretched forth and the end brought under the dominant eye, rather than the savage American procedure whereby the string is held in one's teeth. The slide is then moved until the object to receive fire is framed. This will determine the distance thereof.
This is the definitive tool for assisting you in properly engaging the Queen's enemies. Indispensable for reenactors, Victorian riflemen, and genteel shooters.