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Author Topic: The 50-shot Meigs Repeating Rifle from ~ 1866  (Read 1684 times)
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« on: September 22, 2015, 08:08:26 am »

Here's something you don't see everyn day ca. 1866-
 The Meigs Prototype 50-Shot Repeating Magazine Rifle
"This unique prototype 50-shot breech-loading magazine rifle, one of only three in existence, was invented by J.V. Meigs under U.S. patent No, 54934 issued May 22, 1866. This rifle is designed with a metallic tube taking the place of the ordinary neck of the stock for the purpose of carrying the magazine; this tube is attached the walnut cheekpiece and steel buttplate. The frame of the rifle or receiver carries within it a guard and trigger assembly capable of sliding back and forth, producing the motions necessary to chamber and fire the arm from any position desired. During testing, so little disturbance was created with this action that 50 shots could be fired per minute with ease."

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« Reply #1 on: September 22, 2015, 06:43:36 pm »

That looks (and sounds) incredible. Too bad the military was so short-sighted.
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