This rifle 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 below. It is opened by pressing the lever; this brings down the rearmost of two folding-wedges, which form the breech-block, by means of a toggle or link, and at the same time withdraws the upper section of the block to its full extent and then drops it out of the way of the cartridge. The hammer is simultaneously brought to the halt-cock. The piece is closed by reversing the action of the lever, when the sections of the block are brought into place. The last movement of the upper section being in the line of the barrel, thus tends to press the cartridge into the chamber if it be not already completely inserted. The piece is locked by the position of the breech-block, and is fired by a tang-lock of the usual pattern. Extraction and ejection are accomplished by a sliding extractor on the side of the barrel, impelled backward by a spring.
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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