SYRACUSE HAMMERLESS GUNS
These guns are very high grade and are made especially to shoot nitro powder. The 12 gauge weighs from 6 1/4 to 8 pounds, while the io gauge weighs from 7 to 10 pounds. They are well balanced and have a very simple mechanism. There is not a screw in the locking device. There is a total absence of small springs and other small parts liable to breakage and derangements, the entire locking mechanism being hung on two pins. The frame is not cut away to a shell to receive the mechanism but is as strong and simple as that of the hammer gun. Owing to the simplicity of construction these guns have great strength and durability. The safety device is very strong and durable. There is no possibility of its jarring off and causing accidents.
A reference to the sectional drawing will show that the cocking arm, hammer and firing-pin are all in one piece. The hammer has a direct bearing on the lug with no intermediate pieces, making it the easiest and simplest cocking device ever used on a hammerless gun. The cocking and firing mechanism is contained in the metal frame, thus avoiding the cutting away and weakening of the stock, a point all sportsmen will appreciate. The main spring forces a connection between the hammer and lug through the agency of a slot in the hammer, a very ingenious and valuable patent, making it possible to take the barrels off and put them on whether the hammers are up or down.
The fore-end fastener is new and fastens whether the barrels are on or off the frame; there is no trouble to attach the fore-end; it drops immediately into position. The whole gun can be taken apart and assembled again without other tools than a screw-driver, a feature that will please. The ejecting mechanism consists of two springs and two strikers, which give a direct blow to the extractors in a straight line, thereby making a most powerful ejector. The entire mechanism is contained in the fore-end, therefore, neither the frame nor the barrels are cut away and weakened, as is the case with nearly all other ejector guns. The latest product of the Syracuse Arms Company is known as THE SYRACUSE.
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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