Our repro of the U.S. Arsenal Stadia is a working, authentic copy of the stadiametric range finders produced by the Frankford Arsenal before and during the Civil War. The brass version of these stadias were issued to the best shooters of the company, while the silver version was given to the best shots of the regiment. Our model is the exact copy of the brass version. The body is made of 2 mm brass sheet, and it is mechanically engraved according to the original pattern. The front side is calibrated for infantry, the rear side for cavalry.
The stadia can be fine tuned to your eyes by the length of the cord. It will make a periodically correct companion to every Civil War enthusiast. But this is not just a decoration. You can calibrate it for hunting big game as well.
How to tune the stadia:
- Set the slide to 100 yards on the Infantry side of the stadia
- Ask your 70,86” (180 cm) tall friend to walk to 100 yards distance
- Hold your stadia in front of your aiming eye, so you can see your friend in the aperture of the slide. Put the end of the chord in your mouth, so te rope is tight.
- Adjust the length of the chord until the picture of your friend completely fills the aperture of the slide.
- Tie a knot on the chord when the length is perfect.
Please check our video about its use: