This well-known hammerless gun, made by the Baker Gun and Forging Company, differs materially from Baker hammerless guns. It is made without lock plates. The lock work is simple, and the stock is cut out but very little, leaving it extra strong. All the metal parts, including the frame, lock-work, guard, front circle, etc., are forged from the best steel. There is no cast or malleable frame or parts in this gun as there are in some of the cheap hammerless now being offered, but every part is of the best material and well adapted to the work it has to do. The twist barrels are of the same quality used on the Baker hammerless and are of the best quality twist made by any of the barrel makers of the old country. The Damascus barrels are fine four-blade and of good quality.
The mainsprings of a loaded and closed hammerless gun are constantly straining all their energy to liberate the strikers and drive the firing-pins against the printers. In a gun not provided with the firing-pin block system there is danger ever present that the sear or some other part of the mechanism for restraining the mainspring will slip or give way, without the intervention of the trigger, and the gun be discharged. A little gummy oil or dust may prevent the sear from going home on the notch, or a defective sear spring may fail to seat the sear. In either case a premature explosion of the gun will take place, probably the instant the barrels are closed, or on the slightest subsequent shock. In an unblocked gun the ordinary discharge of one barrel is liable to jar off the opposite sear where the trigger pull is light, or a fall, etc., will have the same effect. See Baker Guns.
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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