The Lever Action Rifle
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The Lever Action Rifle

The Lever Action Rifle


The Lever Action Rifle

The Lever Action Rifle

The repeating lever rifle is a big improvement over the single-shot rifle in that a large number of shots can be fired without reloading the gun, the number depending on the length of the magazine which holds the cartridges and the caliber of the cartridges used.

A cross-section view of a typical repeating lever action rifle is shown at A and B in Fig. 18. In this kind of rifle the cartridges are held in a tubular magazine which is fixed to and under the barrel and extends its full length. At A, in Fig. 18, the rifle is shown with the finger lever open.

The action of the rifle is like this: the spiral feed spring in the tube of the magazine forces a cartridge into the carrier, and when you press the finger lever down the carrier, with the cartridge in it, is moved upward toward the chamber; at the same time the breech-bolt and ejector, which are made in one piece, slides back and carrying the empty cartridge with it the latter is thrown out of the top; while this action is taking place the hammer is forced back to full-cock.

When the finger lever is pulled up into place, as shown at B, in Fig. 18, the breech-bolt shoves the cartridge from the carrier into the chamber and pushes the carrier down into position again, when the spiral spring in the magazine presses another cartridge into it.

Another and most important kind of lever-action rifle uses what is known as a box magazine. You can get a very good idea of the way in which this rifle works by looking at the cross-section views A and B, Fig. 19.

The carrier in this gun is operated by a spring, and it keeps on feeding cartridges into the chamber at each action of the lever, as long as there are cartridges in the magazine. Clips carrying five cartridges are furnished for this rifle and all that is needed to reload the gun is to slip a new clip into the magazine.

Collins, A. Frederick. Shooting, for Boys,. New York: Moffat, Yard and, 1917. Print.

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