today's featured obscurity

by cable, Friday, April 10, 2020, 12:21 (57 days ago) @ cable

this was the first commercially successful [ briefly ] lever action for the 45/70 government cartridge, the 1878 Burgess. it worked but for various reasons Andrew Burgess didn't make a go of it on his own, and this design lead to the 1881 Marlin which was a good bit better and which was a lasting commercial success.

Chief Joseph, Nez Perce, of " I will fight no more forever " had one of these as seen in a photograph from those days.

the revolver is an 1858 Remington cartridge conversion in .45 colt

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