EVANS MAGAZINE GUN
This novel rifle, no longer manufactured, differed from most magazine guns in having no spiral spring for the purpose of feeding the cartridges through and from the magazine to the breech-mechanism, and in having its magazine located in the stock of the arm. The magazine consisted of a cylinder of forged iron, running from the breech to the butt-plate; around the inner circle of this cylinder was affixed, in the form of a spiral, a flat wire of the proper conformation. Into this cylinder with its fixed spiral was introduced a shaft of fluted or grooved wire, this shaft being revolved by movement of the lever in the breech-mechanism. The cartridges were introduced into the magazine through the butt-plate; with the introduction of each cartridge the breech-mechanism was moved, thus carrying forward the cartridges until the magazine was filled. The cartridges in the magazine were in separate cells, and could not come in contact with each other, thus precluding any possibility of discharge; while in all spiral-spring magazine guns the cartridges press one against the other, thus rendering a premature discharge possible.
The system of feed in this gun strongly resembled the Archimedean screw. The magazine carried 26 rounds of cartridges of 2 inches in length, and could be loaded in one-half a minute, and the entire magazine of 26 rounds discharged at will, in from 15 to 20 seconds, thus embracing a very great, repeating capacity. This arm could be fired 20 rounds per minute, while used as a single-loader, introducing the cartridges into an aperture at the side of the receiver at the breech; or it could be fired 20 rounds per minute, holding the magazine full and in reserve, by introducing cartridges into the magazine at the butt, as each cartridge was discharged. The weight of the gun was 6 l/2 pounds, and length of barrel 30 inches. The carbine weighed 8J4 pounds and had a barrel 22 inches in length.
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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