It is the aim of the Savage Arms Company to manufacture the most perfect and best finished rifle on the market. Such parts as have been improved in the new model are so constructed that they are interchangeable in the Model 1895, thereby making it possible, when it is desired, for the owners of 1895 models to procure the improved parts and thus change their 1895 models into the present improved arm, Figure 1. The Savage rifle is a six-shot repeater of light weight. The day has passed when sportsmen resignedly overload themselves with heavy guns, when every ounce, toward the end of a long tramp, feels like pounds. The projecting hammer is eliminated. The hammer, once the most ornamental part of the gun and the pride of the gunsmith, has had its day, as well as its countless victims. The latest and best shot guns and revolvers are hammerless. The demand is for a hammerless rifle.
The action is easily dismounted and assembled. One of the many valuable features is the concentric arm of the finger-lever which operates the working portions of the rifle, and at all times protects the trigger from being accidentally operated. Another point of superiority is the operation of the finger-lever, which on its backward movement compresses the main spring and cocks the enclosed hammer, thus pressing the rifle to the shoulder and steadying the aim. The movement of the finger-lever is short, and to operate it requires little power. The magazine is not a tube nor a box, but is circular in form, and is located within the protecting steel walls of the receiver, giving perfect immunity from accidents occasioned through the bullet of one cartridge impinging upon the primer of another; this arrangement insures a perfect balance of the arm without reference to the number of the cartridges in the magazine. Another important feature of the rifle is the automatic cut-off—a simple device which retains the magazine cartridges in reserve when the arm is used as a single loader; on omitting to place a cartridge in the breech opening, the automatic cut-off allows a cartridge from the magazine to be fed up into the chamber. The arm is a combined rapid-firing magazine and single-loading rifle.
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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