Royal Enfield was the name under which the Enfield Cycle Company made motorcycles, bicycles, lawnmowers and stationary engines. This legacy of weapons manufacture is reflected in the logo, a cannon, and their motto "Made like a gun, goes like a bullet". Use of the brand name Royal Enfield was licensed by the Crown in 1890. The original Redditch, Worcestershire based company was sold to Norton-Triumph-Villiers (NVT) in 1968. Production ceased in 1970 and the company was dissolved in 1971.
In 1956 Enfield of India started assembling Bullet motorcycles under licence from UK components, and by 1962 were manufacturing complete bikes. Enfield of India bought the rights to use the Royal Enfield name in 1995. Royal Enfield production, based in Chennai, continues and Royal Enfield is now the oldest motorcycle brand in the world still in production with the Bullet model enjoying the longest motorcycle production run of all time.
The last Enfield I owned was a reproduction Civil War-era 3-band Enfield rifled musket. The original models were purchased from England and widely used by the Confederacy.
It fired a .58 Minie ball (about the size of the last part of your pinkie finger) with about 60 grains of black powder and was amazingly accurate and sported some very refined sights. It would shoot about a 10" group at 100 yards, probably better in the hands of a marksman with more skill, and was a very deadly weapon its day.
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