This repeating rifle was introduced by Mr. Bullard, who was for some years master-mechanic at the Smith & Wesson works. The action of this rifle is positive and not dependent upon springs. It is self-cocking, with a solid breech-block behind the bolt, which must be in place and securely locked before it is possible for the hammer to reach the firing-pin. It is possible to fire this rifle with very great rapidity from the fact that it works easily and smoothly by reason of its direct leverage on the work to be done, the heaviest work being done with the best leverage, as in extracting the cartridge, which is started when the lever is in position to exert the greatest strain. Cocking the hammer is also done by direct leverage inside the receiver or frame, instead of a sliding motion of the bolt or firing-pin, on and over the top of the hammer, which is very often liable to grind and always makes the arm work hard and unpleasantly. This rifle has been fired 12 shots in five seconds, using the U. S. Government cartridge. The magazine is charged from the underside, and it can be done with equal facility by a right or left-handed person. As there are no holes or spring covers on the side, it is not possible to have it clogged by passing through brush or laying it on the ground or in trenches, etc. It is also much easier to load on horse-back than any other gun, as there is more choice of position than when the opening is on the side. It can be loaded as a single-loader either top or bottom, leaving the magazine full at all times for an emergency.
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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