This breech-loading rifle has a fixed chamber closed by a movable breech-block, which rotates about an axis parallel to the axis of the barrel, and on the left side. The block is in two sections, the foremost of which revolves with a screw motion on that in rear, which alone is fastened to the hinge. They are both perforated for the firing-pin and striker. The forward section is provided with a handle by which the breech is opened and closed, receding from and approaching the barrel alternately. The lock is peculiar, involving a device for causing the striker to rebound after delivering its blow upon the firing-pin. The arm is especially designed to prevent the escape of gas from defective cartridges.
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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