No, the use of breech loader to describe firearms made and designed before 1865 is allowed. We can talk of Ferguson, or Hall rifles. We can talk of the Queen Ann screw barrel pistols. We can certainly talk of these early breech loading experiments rare as they are.Correct but that name is against the rules too discuses although it was built 100 years before 1860
The sight is also the plug to access the breechI am quite curious to see how the the breeching mechanism worked.
Hi DaveHi Feltwad,
Very nice rifle and thanks for posting the photos. What about it indicates it to be military? Are there government marks on it? Who is it the maker?
The Ferguson had a good gas seal, and was extremely effective at impact compared to similar ball and powder loaded into a muzzle loading rifle, as the modern copies show as well as documents from testing done when it was proposed for adoption...., but it was not "adopted".From the look of the plug threads it would never have had a good seal. If it had been seriously good it would have been adopted. Must have taken an age to load and what if the squaddie dropped the plug in the battlefield mud??