This breech-loading small arm has a fixed chamber closed by a movable breechblock, which rotates about a horizontal axis at 90 degrees to the axis of the barrel, lying below the axis of the barrel and in front, being moved from above by a thumb-piece. The breech-block of this arm is moved by an outside lever, the interior shaft connected with which is cam-shaped, so that the first motion of opening draws down the breech-block, until a lip on its upper surface is clear of a hook or jaw formed on the underside of a projection of the frame overhanging the mouth of the chamber.
By continuing the motion of the lever, the breech is fully exposed by the rotation of the block, the hammer at the same time being brought to the full-cock. By reversing the movement of the lever the breech is closed. The breech-block is locked by the abutment of the frame upon its back. Extraction and ejection are accomplished by a sliding extractor in the lower side of the barrel. Its underside is notched for the upper end of a lever, which is pivoted on the same pin as the hammer. This lever has two horizontal arms, which are struck by corresponding prongs oh the lower side of the block, in opening the piece.
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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