This rifle, designed especially for long range target shooting, has a solid breechblock with direct rear support, side-lever action and rebounding hammer, so that the arm always stands with the trigger in the safety notch, thus rendering premature discharge impossible.
To take the gun apart: Remove the upper-screw in the left-hand side, and the breech-block may be taken out. To take out the hammer, remove the next upper screw and slip the hammer forward into the breech-block hole. To take out the extractor, remove the forward screw on left-hand side. The lever which operates the breech-block passes through the rocker-sleeve with a square stud, and is held in place by a set screw directly under the fore-stock, which must be removed if it is ever desired to take off the lever. If necessary to remove the guard, it can be done by taking off the butt-stock, and taking out the side-screws in the usual way. The barrel should not be unscrewed from the frame, except by experienced hands and proper appliances. When necessary to unscrew the frame, the extractor should be taken out, and the breech-block and guard put back in place, before putting on the wrench. If at any time the primer should be driven back into the firing-pin hole, so as to make the breech open swiftly, it can be relieved by snapping the hammer against the firing pin. The military long-range rifle was adopted by the National Rifle Association. It has a heavy barrel, chambered for 26-10 inch, .44 caliber, straight shell, using from 80 to 100 grains of powder.
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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