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    Default How Come Dragoons Have Swords on Horseback But Not on Foot?

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    How come they have carbines on foot but not on horseback?

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    Hmm. If this is not, indeed, a philosophical question...

    Dragoons were basically mounted infantry. They carried a musketoon in the early days, which was a shortened musket and very hard to reload while mounted. Also, the strapping of the musketoon was designed for a quick release of the gun and very hard to re-strap while riding. So the Dragoons would have to drop their gun after firing it, if they remained engaged in the battle (edit: not sure if that would actually be necessary in the ETW era, but the musketoons would just be used as expensive clubs). Hence, almost all of their fighting was done dismounted.

    Later they would use carbines, which were breech-loaders, so they could be fired and reloaded mounted. That would make a major difference to the usage of Dragoons or Light Dragoons.

    For many European armies, Dragoons were predominantly a (cheap) scouting and raiding unit and used their horses to move from place to place, not for fighting.

    I'm not that familiar with what swords (or sabers) they would use, but the cavalry swords (or sabers) of this era were excellent for inflicting blows from a moving horse and quite cumbersome and heavy when used dismounted. That could be a reason why they are not using swords (or sabers) on foot.
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    Ya but seriously, what came first, the chicken or the egg?
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    That's easy. The egg, of course.

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    Yep^ But fancy a mod to keep off-topicing a thread, eh?
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