Jane's guns recognition guide by Ian V Hogg; Robert Adam

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There was a demand from the aristocracy for decorated sporting guns but with the Revolution this market dried up and was replaced by a larger demand for simple, military weapons. Following the chaos of the a new moneyed late class arose for good-quality 1780s and 1790s, and a weapons grew new demand One name up. from among the French makersof Boutet. Nicolas-Noel Boutet was one stands out that of the King's gunmakers fortunate enough to survive the upheaval and in 1792 he was made director of a new government factory set up Although primarily for standard it also produced a number of special, high-quality weapons.

The leather cover The Baker rifle the ALTHOUGH the principle of rifling weapon was not in use. was understood and various European units were issued with rifles during the 17th and 1 8th centuries, the British army had to wait until the 19th century to possess the rifle in quantity. In 1800 it was decided to hold a series of comparative tests to select a British rifle. The barrel chosen was one made by Ezekiel Baker, a London gunmaker: it had seven grooves which made a quarter turn in the length of the barrel so that the bullet was rotated through 90 degrees before it left the muzzle.

This had the hammer mounted outside the frame- a very different design from all Colt's other percussion revolvers. His revolvers consisted of three main parts barrel, a a cylinder and a frame. The cylinder slipped over a rod fitted to the frame and the was fitted to the frame by engaging with the rod and the base of the frame. The barrel was held in position by a wedge which passed barrel The cylinder of a Colt revolver was engraved with various scenes of action. The early heavier models had an indian fight, the coach hold-up and the Navy model a battle at sea.

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