WESTLY RICHARDS RIFLE
This breech-loading small arm has a fixed chamber closed by a movable breechblock, which rotates about a horizontal axis at 90 degrees to the axis of the barrel, and lying above the axis of the barrel and in rear, being moved from below. In its general features this arm resembles the Martini, having, however, the lever separate from and pivoted in front of the guard, and by its movement in opening, cocking the true hammer lying concealed beneath the block, and impelled by a flat mainspring placed below the barrel. The blow of the hammer is directly delivered upon the cartridge, a groove for its movement being cut in the under side of the breech-block. The usual extractor in guns of this class is employed.
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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