Open breech of a Perry Patent Sporting Rifle
|Breech-block is hung like a cart wheel and swings up
by means of the trigger-guard. When the paper or linen cartridge is pushed
into the chamber, it is torn open by the projecting thorn. It used copper
caps which are fed automatically from the tubular magazine in the
stock. A very well made arm, used some in the U. S. Navy and favorably
mentioned as an ideal weapon for landing parties by Admiral Dahlgren in
his book, "Boat Armament, 1856." Alonzo U. Perry's patent of 1855. Marked
on top of breechblock, Perry's Patent Arms Co., Newark, N. J. Number on
butt plate tang, "1330.
The claims of this patent arc as follows:
2. The use of an eccentric or its equivalent, as specified, in combination with the capping tube and nipple on the movable breech, as specified, for the purpose of forcing the caps to their proper place on the nipple as the breech is brought in line for the discharge, as specified.
3. Pivoting the trigger to the lever for operating the breech, as described, so that the trigger shall be carried in and out by said lever, and shall not be brought into a position to act upon the lock until the breech is in a line with the barrel, as set forth.
Perry Civil War Percussion Carbine
Serial no. 250, .54 caliber,
20 3/4 inch barrel with standard sights