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.

Sauce : svartkrutt.net ; kvf.no


M.1865/97 Danish revolver

Originally a Lefaucheux-Chaineux -type M.1865 pinfire revolver, converted to centerfire by Kronborg Gewærfabrik in 1897. Serial Number 23.
11,44mm nickel-plated wooden bullets - a hallmark of Danish handguns it seems, six-round cylinder, manual captive ejector rod, loading gate and interesting pivoting safety blocking the hammer’s path.

The Danish army used a number of Franco-Belgian inspired revolvers apparently; probably due to Francotte’s earlier military contract for the manufacture of a number of Kammerlader rifles for them.


The Lindner Breechloading Carbine,

Designed by Edward Lindner of New Hampshire in 1859, the Lindner carbine was a short and compact breechloading carbine that saw limited use during the American Civil War.  Based upon the M1819 Hall rifle and the Norwegian Kammerlader rifle, the Lindner feature a hinged breech which rose 180 degrees for loading, which was usually done with a combustible paper cartridge.  Being a percussion firearm, the Lindner required placement of a percussion cap on the nipple, which when struck drove a spark into the chamber which discharged the round.

Only 892 of the carbines were produced; 501 to the 8th West Virginia Mounted Infantry, and 391 to the 1st Michigan Cavalry.


Loading and firing an 1841 Danish Kammerlader pistol.

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