Manufactured by Needham&Sons c.1880′s in England. .450 Needham centerfire proprietary cartridge, ~16-round tubular magazine, lever action with two-chamber cylinder elevator and automatic extractor on each cycle. Firing an odd bucket-shaped round, the Needham rifle is one of these equally odd firearms that I live for. Simply put, it uses a lever action coupled with a cylinder not unlike the one seen on the Landstad 1900 revolver. This flat cylinder allows each cycling of the action to bring up a fresh round and bring down the spent one, ejecting the later, then chambering the former and loading the next cartridge in the lower chamber of the cylinder. The ejector is a simple arm on the side of the hammer - in effect, each cycling of the action cocks the hammer twice, a first one to then knock the spent cartridge, and a second to make the gun ready to fire.
Manufactured by the New Haven Arms Company c.1860 - serial number 64. .44RF Henry 16-round-magazine, lever action repeater, iron receiver. Only the second to 355th Henry rifles didn’t have its signature brass receiver. This one was used in the Confederate cavalry unit Buckner’s guides during the American Civil War.
Designed by Christopher Miner Spencer, manufactured by Burnside Rifle Company c.1865-69 - serial number 4563. .56-56 Spencer seven-round tubular stock magazine, lever action repeater with manually cocked hammer, socket bayonet. Because poking people with pointy things is the basis of warfare.
Manufactured by Winchester between 1873 and 1919, decorated by master engraver Ben Lane c.1968 - serial number 507889B. .44-40 WCF 15-round tubular magazine, lever action repeater, gold plated and engraved. Who doesn’t love Winchester lever guns really.
Designed by John M. Browning and manufactured by Winchester Repeating Arms Co. c.1895-1936 and then on order until 1940 - serial number 8455. .30-40 Krag five-round internal box magazine, lever-action repeater, saddle ring. I like me some rifle holster.
Manufactured by Winchester Repeating Arms Co c.1898 and fancied up by factory master engraver John Ulrich - serial number
114694. .45-90 Winchester Center Fire nine-round tubular magazine, lever action manual repeater, engraved and gold/nickel plated. Treat yo’self.
Manufactured c.1917-18 based on the previous Portable series started in 1915. 8L capacity gasoline tank, 10-12m effective range, 5mn long fuse, spring-loaded lever trigger. A much more bulky design than its German counterpart, but with a very sexy lance. The P series was derived from the larger static Schilt No1 and No2 flamethrowers.
Designed by Warren R. Evans in 1868, perfected in 1877 and largely manufactured by Merwin & Hulbert henceforth. These examples are, on top, the “Evans Sporting Rifle” marked type which allegedly was made from spares after the company failed to acquire any military contract, and the carbine model with a single forend band. .44 Evans Long blackpowder centerfire cartridge, lever action, helicoidal 28-rounds around which the stock is built in two parts. The New Model distinguished itself by its longer more potent round and the addition of a dust cover that slides with the lever to cover the thus bigger ejecting port. The Evans carbines and rifles main advantage, their magazines, was also their main drawback in some way, as their huge capacity came with a price. It wasn’t spring loaded but in fact more akin to a simple conveyor belt that loaded one round at a time through the butt-end of the stock, after each of which the action had to be cycled to bring it up one 28th of the way up. This meant that if you did not either load new rounds for every one you fired or simply fired them all before reloading, your conveyor belt would sometimes bring you a whole lot of nothing in between the cartridges you want, corresponding to times you would have cycled the action in some ways but not loaded the rifle up. This major inconvenient prevented this design from ever becoming popular with the military, despite being able to carry twice as many round than their Winchester counterparts that won by being much more reliable and easy to use.
an Evans sporting carbine, intermediate model - .44 Evans Short - 32 rounds
Burnside Rifle Company
c.1865-69 then modified at a later date - serial number 16224. .56-50RF shotshells seven-round tubular magazine located in the stock, 20 gauge smoothbore barrel welded in front of the original receiver, bead front sight. As I recall you can’t keep rifling in a shotgun barrel, as they would sling shots in a wider pattern than with a similar-caliber smoothbore barrel. Unrelatedly, note that the Burnside Spencer originally has a three-groove rifling, unlike the six-groove rifling of the carbines manufactured by Spencer himself.
Before retiring to her dressing room to change clothes, Marie Antoinette said goodbye to all the people who had accompanied her up to then. She took off her traveling clothes and put on a ceremonial dress in a golden fabric. It is worth pointing out that the Princess was not required to strip naked in public and offer her virginal body to the lustful gazes of the dignitaries in her retinue, as some historians, inspired by a lewd imagination, have written.
Marie Antoinette - The Last Queen of France, Evelyne Lever