Kammerlader M1864 pistol-carbine
Manufactured in Norway c.1864 by the Kongsberg Vapenfabrikk - no serial number.
11,77mm cap and ball, underhammer breechloading action, removable stock, 430mm barrel and removable stock, hexagonal Witworth rifling.
The Kammerlader was the second breechloading main infantry gun to be adopted by any major power, with its first iteration entering service in 1842. The design was slightly updated in 1860 with a 5mm decrease in caliber, although the action remained largely unchanged.
To load a Kammerlader system firearm, the shooter must cock the hammer -located below the gun’s breech - and pull the crank on the right side of the gun over and towards himself. This exposes the eponymous chamber as pictured below.
The shooter then loads this chamber much like a Colt percussion revolver. Soldiers were issued paper cartridges containing a pre-measured black powder charge, with its spent paper being used as wad. A bullet would then be rammed on top, and a percussion cap placed on the nipple under the chamber, before the shooter could crank the gun back into battery.
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