Rather than replace a percussion revolver with new, expensive cartridge models, people sought ways to convert the old veterans to fire fixed ammunition
Even after fixed ammunition
revolvers were adopted, the famed Buffalo Soldiers were armed with 1860 Army Colts.
The result, in 1860, was the Henry Rifle, the first truly workable rifle using fixed ammunition
Or it can be a firearm using fixed ammunition
made in or before 1918 for which ammunition is no longer manufactured in the United States and is not readily available in ordinary channels of commercial trade.
Antique firearm" means any firearm manufactured in or before 1918 (including any matchlock, flintlock, percussion cap, or similar early type of ignition system) or replica thereof, whether actually manufactured before or after the year 1918, and also any firearm using fixed ammunition
manufactured in or before 1918, for which ammunition is no longer manufactured in the United States and is not readily available in the ordinary channels of commercial trade.
52 caliber Spencer copper-cased cartridge is shown only to illustrate the transition between combustible cartridges and the fixed ammunition
in use today.
With the coming of fixed ammunition
firearms the stage was at least set for the two-gun man.
He totally ignored any thought of producing firearms using fixed ammunition
or cartridge cases.
Subsequently, the Maynard design made an easy transition from using a percussion cap-fired brass cartridge to modern fixed ammunition
and was considered a highly desirable target and sporting rifle from 1870 through the 1890s.
revolver taking fixed ammunition
happened to be S&W's Model No.