In the construction of this gun the same form and motions of loading and firing as in the Springfield rifle have been retained as nearly as possible, consistent with a moderate expenditure in its production. An old smooth-bore musket is taken, reamed out for a length of eleven inches, for the reception of a coil ribbon-spring, on one end of which a closely-fitting piston is placed, having a stem of about five inches attached to its center; a hole is bored through the breech-screw and a cut made on its underside to receive a spring; a circular disk with a flaring hole through its center is secured in the barrel just in front of the end of the breech screw ; a short lever crosses the end of the barrel just in front of this disk, and is held in position by the spring already referred to; the hole in the cone is enlarged and receives a small spindle with a collar at its middle, which prevents it from coming out.
About twelve inches from the breech a horizontal cut is made through the top of the barrel, leaving an opening of 2 inches in length; a cylindrical plug, having a hole through its axle, is inserted in the barrel at this place, and a handle screwed in. An inner barrel, having a bore of .22 inch and a length of 17 inches, its upper end counter-bored, is inserted in the barrel and secured by a screw; the length of the block is such as to close the space between the chambered recess and the end of the inner barrel. A hole is bored through the side of the stock to communicate with the hole through the breech-screw.
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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