This excellent American rifle is no longer made, being superseded by the Mar lin. It is noted for its simple and effective breech mechanism. The extractor is positive and cannot fail to work, as it acts on the same pin with the lever. When the lever is thrown down it withdraws the breech-block, at the same time throwing the hammer to the half-cock notch. After inserting the cartridge, pushing up the lever causes the lock to move forward and upward, closing tightly on the head of the cartridge. There is no possibility of an explosion, as the hammer is at half-cock, and there is nothing which might slip through careless handling. Nothing short of firing the gun voluntarily can set it off, thus making it in every respect safe. This rifle was a great favorite with the Indians of the West, they being much pleased with its shooting and non-fouling properties. The characteristic styles of the arm are shown in the drawings.
The Ballard rifle was, for many years, approved and recommended by the best shots in the leading clubs in the United States, Great Britain, France and Germany. See Marlin Arms.
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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