-loading small-arms, New York, 1872.
Before the war of 1861-65, the principal breechloading small-arms were Sharps's, Burnside's, Maynard's, Merrill's, and Spencer's.
Sharps's rifle (O, Plate 16) has the barrel rigidly attached to the stock, thloth, the end covered with tissue-paper saturated with saltpeter, through which the fulminate will ignite the powder.
Burnside's rifle (P) has the barrel attached to the stock, the breech-piece being pivoted beneath the barrel, so as to swing down1, 1861, and January 30, 1866, were of number and kind as follows: —
Hall3,520StarSwinging Forward and Downward through Mortise.
12,001A. D. PerryNov. 28, 1854.
12,638R. WhiteApr. 3, 1855.
14,491A. F. BurnsideMar. 25, 1856.
15,521F. D. NewburyAug. 12, 1856.
20,073T. LeeApr. 27, 1858.
21,523E. T. StarrSept. 14, 1858.