All Davenport single guns and rifles, thoroughly high grade in material, workmanship and construction, combine in a marked degree the elements of safety, durability, utility and convenience. In 1894 the makers introduced the first automatic shell ejecting device ever used on single breech loading shot guns. This was perfected and patented in 1895, the later improvement making it the only positive and reliable ejector used on guns of this kind. It never fails to work satisfactorily, and was the first gun of its class provided with an automatic ejector. In this gun the screw key, besides being the means of securely fastening the frame and barrel together, and affording a ready means of taking them apart, serves also as the hinge pin in operating the gun, and being slightly tapering, acts as a compensator in case of wear, thereby always insuring a tight bolt when the gun is closed.
The automatic ejector is simple and durable in its construction and forcible in its action, and with no more liability of getting out of order than any other part of ordinary gun construction, besides being automatic in its action, is provided with a positive attachment, making failure to eject to a serviceable limit impossible. The construction of the gun throughout gives strength of mechanism, rapidity of fire and ease of manipulation; is easily and quickly taken apart and put together, easily cleaned, and very compact for transportation. This model shown in Figure i, is the standard pattern for this grade, having the barrels taper choke bored, a system that insures the strongest close shooting qualities. The lock parts are made of fine tempered steel, and are interchangeable. The gauges are 12, 16 and 20, and barrels from 28 to 36 inches in length. The Elita and Goose guns are specially designed for light and heavy shooting, respectively. In the latter the weights run from 11 to 11$ pounds. An extra heavy taper screw key hinge pin is used in these guns. The barrels, frames and stocks are all proportionately heavy and strong. This secures not only a large gun for heavy charges, but a well-balanced one. The positive extractor on these guns brings the shell well out of the chamber where it can be handled readily. The Acme gun, shown in Figure 2, has been on the market for several years, and has given universal satisfaction. The parts are few and simple, and not likely to get out of order. On this gun we find the taper screw hinge pin, which takes up wear and insures a tight joint. The barrels are tapered choke bored for long close shooting. The extractor used in this gun is one of the best positive extractors in use on single guns; it is simple and strong, two features that make it positive in action.
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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