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Re: Hotchkiss Carbine Cutoff/Safety

Posted by Dick Hosmer on Thursday, 1 January 2015, at 1:35 a.m., in response to Re: Hotchkiss Carbine Cutoff/Safety, posted by Dick Hosmer on Wednesday, 31 December 2014, at 11:21 p.m.

Here is the relevant paragraph from my forthcoming book:

A safety, and a magazine cut-off (deemed essential by military tactics of the day) are provided. On the 1879 “First Model” arms, this is a combination “button” [Fig. 18-24] assembly set into the right wrist of the stock, having a central “bar” which may be twisted (preferably clockwise) to one of four positions. The bar has a small milled notch near one end. With gun held horizontal (muzzle to right) when this notch is at 2 o’clock, the magazine is available for use; when it is rotated 90° to 5 o’clock, the magazine is cut off. If turned to 8 o’clock, the magazine is again free to feed, but when the notch is placed at 11 o’clock (which can only be done when the arm is cocked) the bolt and trigger are both locked This “bar” provides one of two ways (also see below) to remove the bolt of First Model arms. The visible portion is actually the head of a “T” shaped split pin. Squeeze the ends together very carefully and it may be withdrawn. Then, while holding back the trigger (so as to depress the sear) the entire bolt, including the head, may be removed.


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