BALTIMORE HAMMERLESS GUN
This gun appeals particularly to trap shooters, for the reason that it does not shoot loose. It is so constructed, with a strong, positive, circular bolt (which is the strongest form of construction), having a bearing over its entire surface, that the locking remains a good fit. This bolt is unique and stands as the strongest, most positive, and most durable locking mechanism in use. The cocking mechanism is simple and positive. The gun is made in 12-gauge only, and is bored full choke for close, hard shooting. The following are the weights for the 28, 30- and 32-inch barrels:
The sectional drawing shows the working parts of the gun. Its simplicity will at once be seen. It is composed of the following few parts: The frame, which is not cut away to a mere shell to accommodate a complicated mechanism, but has solid metal left, especially where it is most essential, across the angles of the frame; the hammer (one piece of drop forged steel), whose cocking-arm comes. in direct engagement with the cocking-bolt, thereby insuring ease of cocking, and is positive and durable; the sear, which is one piece of drop forged steel; the locking-bolt, circular in form, strong and mechanical in its construction, fastened to in fact by construction made part of a top lever, and made of the best material. These few parts, together with a main spring, a sear spring, and triggers, comprise the working parts of the gun. From the drawing it will be seen that the cocking-bolt comes in direct engagement with the cocking-arm of the hammer, which pushes the hammer into position to receive the sear in the notch. The main spring operating directly on the hammers in the manner illustrated, insures firing the cartridge every time the trigger is pulled.
This rifle, tested by the inventors with satisfaction, is a breech-loader, having a fixed chamber closed by a movable breech-block, which slides in the line of the barrel by indirect action, being moved by levers from above. Its distinguishing characteristic is a short sliding block, back of which is a pair of links, secured at their forward end to the block, and in rear to the frame. The rearmost one of them contains the hammer, in cocking which the combination is bent upward and so withdraws the block. The cartridge-shells, when extracted, drop through a hole left for the purpose in the frame.
Farrow, Edward S. American Small Arms; a Veritable Encyclopedia of Knowledge for Sportsmen and Military Men. New York: Bradford, 1904. Print.
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