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Paper cartridges are but little used at the present time. There are two kinds in the United States service—the ball cartridge, made with a single elongated ball, and the blank cartridge. The paper is first cut into strips of a width equal to the length of a trapezoid, using the pattern as a guide. A cutting-machine like that used by book-binders facilitates the operation when many hands are employed.

To form the cylinder, lay the trapezoids on the table with the sides perpendicular to the bases, toward the workman, the broad end to the left. Take the former in the right hand and lay it on a trapezoid, the groove in the former against the right edge of the paper, bringing the pointed end one third inch from the broad end of the paper; envelop the former with the paper; then, with the fingers of the left hand laid flat upon the paper, turn the former and roll all the paper upon it; hold it firmly with the left hand, with the choking-string in the right, take one turn around the cylinder at about one-third inch from the end; hold the former firmly in the left hand and draw gently upon the choking-string, pressing at the same time with the left forefinger upon the projecting end of the cylinder, thus folding it neatly down upon the end of the former. Having choked the cylinder close, carry it to the right side, and with the thread in the right hand, take two half-hitches firmly around the part that has been choked; cut the thread on the knife-blade and press the choke in a cavity in the table; place the former with a cylinder on it, on a second trapezoid; put a ball over the end of the former; roll the paper on the former and the ball; hold the cylinder in the left hand and choke and tie it as thus described for the inner cylinder; withdraw the former, pressing the cylinder with the left hand, and place it in the box.

Farrow, Edward S. American Small Arms; a Veritable Encyclopedia of Knowledge for Sportsmen and Military Men. New York: Bradford, 1904. Print.

Filling a Paper Cartridge

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