The Chap explains the mechanics behind this curious rifle and gives a potted history of the concept more extensively used by the Norwegians. All this followed by a trip to the range to see how it performs.
Update: Since filming this it appears that the lastest dated rifle was 1864 despite transition to a new percussion rifle in 1855. It is still unknown if the rifles were issued beyond extended trials. My rifle is dated 1854.
Our thanks go out to the following contributors for allowing us to use their material:
John Klear (Hall rifle)
Dr. Stephen Wardlaw of ctmuzzleloaders.com (Löbnitz pistol)
http://armesfrancaises.free.fr (1831 wall gun)
https://digitaltmuseum.se (von Feilitzen revolver)
Anders Lindkvist of www.kurage.wordpress.com (Hagström rifle)
Firearms history, blokesplaining firearms mechanics, mythbusting, shooting sports and kitschy sketches all in one place. An often dry and sarcastic look at whatever takes the Bloke's and the Chap's fancy in the world of guns and shooting.