Character of an army
Tactics, the art of fighting battles and engagements, is in great part a reflection of the weapons in use at any one time, and it affects not simply what happens on the battlefield but the character of armies more generally.
' ... its bullets are spun by rifling to impact with greater accuracy.'
During the lifetime of the British army there have been various major changes, and one of the most significant was the development of the breech-loading infantry rifle. It is so called because its metallic cartridges are contained in a magazine below the breech, and its bullets are spun by rifling to impact with greater accuracy.