The Baker rifle
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The British Army had been experimenting with rifles since the American Revolutionary War but had found all available rifle designs either too fragile, cumbersome or slow firing to be able to use in a generalised war. On the 4th February 1800, a number of leading gun makers were invited to Woolwich to trial their rifle designs by the Board of Ordnance, who were responsible for the procurement of weaponry for the army. Bakers design was chosen and he was given an initial order for 800 rifles. In the same year, an "Experimental Corps of Riflemen", was raised by Colonel Coote Manningham and Lieutenant-Colonel the Hon. William Stewart (1774–1827). The corps was manned by volunteer officers and soldiers from a variety of British regiments and militias, and would soon be renamed and normalised into the army under the name the 95th Rifles Regiment of Foot.
The rifle was renowned for its accuracy and range. It was used throughout the Napoleonic Wars and continued in service until the 1830s.
- "Ezekiel Baker". Stephen Ricciardelli. Retrieved 4 October 2012.