I've googled various combinations of maintenance of rifles and 19th century but so far haven't gotten anything but more modern information about rifle maintenance. Also thinking about checking out the book " The History of Sniping and Sharpshooting " by John Plaster does anyone have any good recommendations for this book?
Anyways my questions are
1) would the earlier Mauser rifles work for their purposes? or is there possibly a better brand of European rifle in the time period that would be more suitable? If it helps the woman's forte is accuracy and the man's forte is quickness. They are both rather small-framed and slight in terms of body build.
2) What would have been the advantages and disadvantages of these rifles in the above situation of assassinating someone?
3) What would have been essential to keep on hand for rifle maintenance and what would have been the typical routine of maintenance with their rifles to keep them in good working order? and if the Mauser is the right rifle for the job could the models of the time period be broken down or were they all one piece?
4) assuming they'd keep a pair of revolvers on hand in case they ever found themselves in a tricky situation what would have been a fairly reliable brand of revolver to have handy for the time period?
thanks so much :)