This breech-loading arm has a fixed chamber and a peculiar breech mechanism. It is opened by pressing an eccentric lever on the right side of the butt-stock, and thus throwing out the spring-butt-plate, so as to release the rear end of the chamber-lever, and to allow it to be then thrown down by the spring included between it and the stock. By closing the chamber-lever until its rearmost end engages with the butt-plate, the forward end catches the cartridge, as would be done by a pair of tongs.
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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