The mechanism in this magazine arm is operated by a cover slide, connected with a handle which has a direct forward and back motion only without rotation. The receiver is in one piece, to which the breech-block is fitted, the front end of the latter admitting of a sliding motion, while the rear end of the bolt has in addition a vertical motion to lock and unlock. For this purpose a mortise is formed vertically through the lower half of the receiver, while its upper half is grooved lengthwise from the barrel back to the rear. The mortise serves the double purpose of a receptacle for the magazine case and a shoulder to sustain the bolt under discharge. Two latches, pivoted upon the upper side of the bolt in contact with the cover slide, impart vertical motion to the rear of the bolt to unlock the piece. A beveled surface upon the rear end of the breech-bolt, in conjunction with a rounded surface upon the under side of the cover slide closes and locks the piece. The magazine is not enclosed in any box, but is skeleton in form, made of one strip or piece of spring steel with upright guiding rods at the front end.
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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