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|Actually there were very few if any burns, a misfire would take off a chunk of the hand if the shooter was unwary. I used to take that a lot of accidents happened as gospel until I started looking into it. I was unable to find but one & that w/ Berdan's men w/ a chain fire caused by a damaged nipple. IIRC the man had been heavily skirmishing and likely unknowingly damaged the nipple enough that fire leaked and viola he ended up losing part of his hand.
21st Ohio loved their Colts, IIRC they never had an issue even during the heavy fighting on Snodgrass Hill. Many of those Colts were former Berdan's rifles.