Pump Action Repeaters
Another black powder rifle that came into existence during the decades between 1880 and 1900 was the pump-action repeater. As a black powder arm, using heavy hunting cartridges, it was never very well liked, but with miniature ammunition the model has always enjoyed a high degree of popularity.
Nitro powder and the military organizations of the world are responsible for the appearance of the bolt-action repeating rifle which made its debut in the early nineties. Military exigencies demanded, first, a repeating rifle in place of the single shot once in common use; next, a reduction in caliber with the consequent lessened weight of ammunition; third, a far higher velocity and flatter trajectory than was possible with black powder.
Askins, Charles. Rifles and Rifle Shooting. New York: Outing, 1912. Print.
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