American Small Arms: A Veritable Encyclopedia of Knowledge for Sportsmen and Military Men

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Bradford Company, 1904 - Firearms - 408 pages
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Page 372 - A bird shot on the ground with the first barrel is "No bird," but it may be shot on the ground with the second barrel, if it has been fired at with the first barrel while on the wing ; but if the shooter misses with the first and discharges his second barrel, it is to be accounted a lost bird, in case of not falling within bounds.
Page 240 - Thus, with a very few amanitas, a party of drunkards may keep up their debauch for a week. Dr. Langsdorf mentions that by means of the second person taking the urine of the first, the third of the second, and so on, the intoxication may be propagated through five individuals.
Page 391 - If gas escapes at the base of the cartridge, it will probably enter the well of the bolt through the striker hole. In this case the bolt mechanism must be dismounted and the parts and well of the bolt thoroughly cleaned. Before assembling the bolt mechanism, the firing pin, the barrel of the sleeve, the body of striker, the well of bolt, and all cams should be lightly oiled. Many of the parts can generally be cleaned with dry rags. All parts after cleaning should be wiped with an oiled rag.
Page 241 - ... extractor finally brings the prolongation of the ejector spindle below the axis of motion ; as soon as the centre is passed the sudden release of the ejector spring causes the extractor to rapidly rotate about its axis and to carry the empty cartridge shell against the bevelled surface of the ejector stud, by which it is deflected upward and thrown clear of the gun. " This specific device was perfected by Benjamin F. Adams, an employe in the Springfield Armory. He invented it in the autumn of...
Page 294 - The breechblock is recessed on its under side sufliciently to receive a single cartridge. When this one is drawn forward into the. chamber another from the magazine takes its place in the block. It will be seen, then, that the complete backward motion of the slide causes the block to descend, the shell to be pushed out on its upper surface, and then the block to fly up and eject the empty shell; the forward motion then carries a cartridge from the magazine into the chamber and causes the block to...
Page 286 - In tke new haminerlesa safety revolver all these liabilities to accident are made impossibilities ; first, by placing the hammer of the arm entirely within the lock frame, so that no external force whatever can be applied to it ; and second, by so arranging the trigger that it can not be pulled, except at the instant of deliberate firing, and only by this means.
Page 23 - ... into line with the one barrel, common to all, whereupon the weapon was ready for use. Numerous patents for this principle have been taken out, including one by the celebrated Marquis of Worcester in 1661. Various improvements were made, especially in the mode of causing revolution, an American, of the name of Elisha H. Collier, patenting such a weapon in the United States and England about 1818. In 1835, Colonel Samuel Colt brought to a conclusion experiments of some years...
Page 345 - The only radical improvement in muskets which is now known to be under study is the application to these arms of the automatic principle, to the extent of causing the musket itself to effect its own reloading upon discharge. The principle has been already applied with some success to pistols, and its advocates claim that it is logically in the line of development of the magazine rifle, in reducing to a minimum the interval between aimed shots. Both tactical and mechanical questions are involved in...
Page 371 - The shooter must not leave the shooting mark under any pretence to follow up any bird that will not rise, nor may he return to his mark after he has once quitted it to fire his second barrel.
Page 293 - Figs. ] and 2, is supported against the pressure of the gas, when the piece is lired, by the recoil block B, solid with the guard, which has a circular recess concentric with the rear of the breechblock. The latter is slipped in the recess sideways and has, when assembled, a motion of rotation in a vertical plane. The recoil block is in turn supported by the rear of the receiver, as seen in Figs. 1 and 2. The trigger C, Fig. 21, and hammer D, Fig. 17, are pivoted in the guard plate, the nose of the...

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