For a moment, for just so long as it needs to stuff a cartridge into a breech-loader
, the lama hesitated.
The fort was originally armed with nine 12.5in 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 .38 caliber or larger.
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.
The collection of longarms includes a very rare Joseph Manton .22 bore, a double barrelled flintlock shotgun and capping breech-loaders
by Prince and a Westley Richards monkey-tail pistol and a similar carbine.
Yet, the cartridges fired by these early breech-loaders
were woefully lacking in power when compared to heavily charged muskets.
Turret-mounted 120 mm breech-loaders
are a different proposition but present few technical challenges.