For a moment, for just so long as it needs to stuff a cartridge into a breech-loader
, the lama hesitated.
During the Crimean War, he read about the problems the British Army had with manoeuvring their heavy guns and developed a lighter one, the Armstrong breech-loader
, which was also very accurate and far superior to the enemy's weapons.
His assignment was "to devise a plan for altering the musket into a breech-loader
for the metallic primed cartridge.
With the start of the Crimean War, Armstrong turned his ingenuity to the improvement of artillery, developing an impressively accurate field gun, the Armstrong breech-loader
If one wanted a breech-loader
, he'd just have to put up with it.
Beside him, with one chamber discharged, was a double-barrelled breech-loader
, which the unfortunate gentleman had evidently placed in his mouth.
5in muzzle loading guns, replaced in 1884 with more modern 12in breech-loaders
Guns must be single-shot breech-loaders
with an exposed hammer and use a metallic cartridge of .
quickly became popular with hunters and long-range shooters.
The story becomes even more interesting, for this reviewer at least, as capping breech-loaders
and metallic cartridge breech-loaders
are dealt with right through to the latest military rifle trends, including the mysterious Russian Nikonov AN-94.
22 bore, a double barrelled flintlock shotgun and capping breech-loaders
by Prince and a Westley Richards monkey-tail pistol and a similar carbine.
Turret-mounted 120 mm breech-loaders
are a different proposition but present few technical challenges.