jerskin...Good point! I seem to recall that Custer's men were armed with the Sharps Rifle...I believe it was one-shot and then re-load. I also seem to reecall that they turned down,either the Winchester lever-action repeating rifle or possibly the Henry. The brass waid such rapid fire would cause the men to shoot off all their ammo. None of the troops survived for an interview to see how THEY felt about that. Of course, Custer trying to surround 10,000 Cheyenne and Souix WAS a Serious tactical blunder.