G'morning Ole vet: Gi coffee out in the patio my friend. Just being a bit picky this morning since I lost a discussion (?) with my wfe, as usual.
But look what Custer had to fight with, a single shot 50 70 Springfield rifle and defective munitions. The extractor often simply pulled through the soft base leaving the case firmly wedged in the chamber. Many were found with evidence of the shooter trying to remove the stuck case with their knives.
And most importantly, Custer didn't know how to use the new rifles. Properly deployed and used they could have started working on the Indians far outside of the range of the arms the Indians had, say 5 - 700 meters away.
He simply threw away the tremendous advantage that he had over the Indians and allowed the engagement to take place at close quarters.
Don Jose de La Mancha