BURTON MAGAZINE GUN
In principle this gun does not differ from the Ward-Burton. The points of difference in construction are as follows: The joint between the body of the bolt and its head is transferred in this gun to the rear, so that the body of the bolt takes the place of the head, while the rear portion serves simply to lock it. As the body of the bolt does not rotate, the sear-bolt slot at right angles to its axis is dispensed with, giving, it is claimed, a stronger bolt. The extractor, though called a lever-extractor, is a spring hook pinned to the bolt near its front. The rear of the extractor is thickened so as to bear against a cam on the firing-pin, which prevents a descent of its rear with the corresponding rise of its front. In withdrawing a shell the spring can only be from the front portion alone. The trigger spring serves also to hold the carrier in place. The carrier is composed of two principal parts separated at front by a flat spring. The lower portion, which is pivoted at its rear to the upper, has on its front a sort of finger, which may be made to pass through a slot in the upper portion so as to project partly across the mouth of the magazine, cutting off the escape of cartridges by simply turning a set screw in rear of the pivot. The motions are the same as in the Ward-Burton. This gun carries eight cartridges in the magazine and one in the chamber. See Ward-Burton Magazine Gun.
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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