TIESING MAGAZINE GUN
This gun belongs to that system in which a fixed chamber is closed by a bolt sliding in line with the axis of the barrel and operated by a lever from below. The breech-bolt is a single piece, to which links are hinged at either side. These links are in turn connected by a knuckle-joint, with others, hinged to the receiver. These links support the bolt when closed, as in firing. The axes of the pivot about which the links rotate are in line with the axis of the bore. The construction is such that no strain comes on the pivots. The upper rear ends of the forward links lock in the receiver, giving additional support to the bolt. A groove on the inner surface of each rear link receives the end of a pin in the breech-bolt lever; motion of the lever is consequently accompanied by a corresponding motion of the links and, through them, of the bolt. The hammer is cocked by the end of the firing pin when the lever is thrown open.
The piece is fired by a center-lock of the usual pattern. The magazine, which is in the tip-stock, is loaded through a gate in the side cover of the receiver. The carrier is pivoted at the rear of the receiver. The upper end of the breech-bolt lever is slotted. This slot receives the rear portion of the carrier. When the lever is thrown open the bottom of the slot strikes an arm, rotating the carrier about its hinge, bringing its front opposite the mouth of the magazine The reverse motion of the lever raises the carrier until its upper surface is parallel to the axis of the bore.
No wiping rod is provided with this gun, and there is no magazine cut-off. As a magazine gun, three motions are necessary to operate it, viz., opened, closed, fired. As a single loader, four motions are necessary, viz., opened, loaded, closed, fired. The gun carries nine cartridges in the magazine and one in the chamber.
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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