HUNT MAGAZINE GUN
This gun belongs to that system in which a fixed chamber is closed by a bolt, by direct action. The receiver has a slot in its upper surface for the purpose of loading the chamber direct when the piece is used as a single loader; it is also bored through at the rear for the reception of the breech-bolt. The latter is composed of two parts, the body and the locking-tube, which are connected by a left-hand screw-thread. The bolt is locked by two lugs, turning in corresponding cuts in the receiver. These lugs are so shaped on their rear surfaces as to cam the bolt against the base of the cartridge during the locking. A cam on the inner surface of the rear end of the locking-tube forces the bolt slightly to the rear, starting the shell, during the unlocking. The opening of the joint in the breech bolt (the thread being left-handed) during the locking aids in the camming forward of the bolt, while the closing, by drawing the forward portion to the rear, aids the starting of the shell. When the bolt is withdrawn the extractor, which is of the spring hook pattern, pulls on the upper side of the head of the shell while the underside abuts against a forked post. By this means the shell is thrown clear of the gun. In order to insure the ejection of the shell a quick motion of the bolt is necessary.
The forked post acts also as a guide for the breech-bolt. A slot in the rear of the bolt receives the nose of the hammer, allowing it to strike the firing-pin only when the piece is locked. A slide prevents the hammer being pulled back by catching of clothing, etc. It must be moved back before the hammer can be cocked. The magazine, which is in the tip-stock, is loaded from the side of the receiver, or from underneath, by first raising the carrier by the withdrawal of the breech-bolt. The carrier has two grooves, one on each side, on its inner surface. In these grooves projections on the breech-bolt enter. As the bolt is withdrawn the projections travel in the upper horizontal portion of the grooves until they reach inclined faces when, by the pressure against them, the carrier is compelled to rise, bringing a cartridge opposite the chamber. When the bolt is returned, the projections travel in the lower horizontal portion of the grooves until they reach other inclined faces, when the carrier descends opposite the mouth of the magazine, so that cartridges cannot escape until it is in position to receive them. No magazine cut-off is provided. As a magazine gun, 5 motions are necessary to operate it, viz.: cocked, opened, loaded, closed, fired. The gun of caliber .44, carries 13 cartridges in the magazine, 1 in the carrier, and 1 in the chamber.
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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