The gun; or, A treatise on the various descriptions of small fire-arms

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Longman, Rees, Orme, Brown, Green, and Longman; Cadell, Edinburgh, 1835 - Firearms - 240 pages

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Page 24 - after being separated and softened, is clipped into small pieces, corresponding in size to the stubs, by a pair of large shears, worked by steam. These pieces are then, like the stubs, put into the drum, in order to be divested of any rust they may retain, and are subsequently weighed out in the proportion of 25
Page 25 - and blended, that the peculiar properties of each are imparted to every portion of the mass, and the whole receives the degree of hardness and softness required. The process is admirable, and the mixture is calculated to produce a metal the best fitted under the circumstances to answer the purpose of manufacturing gun barrels of the best description. The
Page 53 - When they have received orders for a sufficiency of the various kinds of barrels to employ them a whole day or more, the fire is kindled. They proceed to weld probably a dozen long common barrels for the American trade, which are generally composed of the inferior iron, mentioned before, rolled into two lengths of different thicknesses. These
Page 24 - the stubs are rolled and tumbled over each other to such a degree, that the friction completely cleanses them of all rust, and they come forth with the brightness of silver. The steel with which they are mixed (being generally
Page 180 - two feet eight barrel, should never be loaded with above an ounce and a half of shot, (No. 6 will suit her best) and the utmost powder she will burn. A fifteen guage will not require more than
Page 81 - is lined throughout with thick sheet iron. The windows, which resemble Venetian blinds, are constructed of the same metal. Iron frames are laid the whole length of the room; on these the barrels of various qualities, when about to be fired, are placed. In the front of these frames lies a large mass of sand, to receive the balls. Behind the
Page 23 - nails, or other impurities, are mixed with them. They are then taken and put into a drum resembling a barrel churn, through the centre of which passes a shaft, that is attached to the
Page 179 - mathematical calculation, will object to this doctrine. Say they, the greater the weight the greater the effect. No doubt it is so, if thrown with a proportionate force; but that cannot be obtained with a small gun. We must adapt the weight of projectile force to the power we are in possession of; and from many experiments, I am inclined to think, that a fourteen
Page 180 - gun, and do as much execution at forty yards with less recoil; and setting aside all other reasons, I should on this account, prefer the fifteen
Page 54 - one edge over-lapping the other, as a brazier would over-lap the edge of a tin pipe, for boys to blow peas with. Having got the two lengths of the whole dozen turned into tubes, they proceed to weld the longer length or fore part, by heating it sufficiently for four or five inches, introducing a mandril of the required size to suit the bore

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