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His revolving musket was of a hammerless design and confussed the users who soon disassembled and broke, burred, lost parts. Later modified to an exposed hammer style.

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The first use of the Patterson revolver the Rangers( if I remember right) had extra loaded cylinders that were interchangeble with each other a Colt requirement of manufacturing. This was the first concept of efficient speed loading.

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His revolving musket was of a hammerless design and confussed the users who soon disassembled and broke, burred, lost parts. Later modified to an exposed hammer style.

 

Yes!  And Rabbit, you're close, too!  The original design was cranky, to say the least.  The worst thing about a revolving long-gun was the cylinder gap that allowed the gases and burning powders to escape.  In a handgun, that isn't much of a problem, but if you are holding the forarm of a long-gun, that burning powder would sting!  And, as with any cap and ball revolver, if the front of the cylinder wasn't sealed well, ALL the chambers could chain-fire (all go off at nearly the same time).  If you were unlucky enough to have this happen in a handgun, you might avoid injury.  If you were holding a long-gun when this happened, the supporting hand was gonna get hurt! 

 

By the way, Sam Colt also marketed a 4-shot revolving shotgun! 

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Shooting an old civil war musket taught me to flinch from the powder flash and Ive still got that problem from it. :reallymad:

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