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Beaumont Adams Revolver 1857

Animation showing mechanism of Beaumont-Adams revolver. The Adams self cocking revolver of 1851 was well suited to short range fighting, but less suitable to long range accurate shooting due to its heavy trigger pull. In 1855 Lt F Beaumont patented a modification that transformed the Adams into a double-action pistol. It could be cocked and fired by pulling the trigger, or the hammer could be drawn back and held for longer range shooting, where a slight touch on the trigger would release the hammer. This animation shows the mechanism of the 1857 5-shot Beaumont-Adams revolver. It could be loaded with either ball or conical shot, and used a loading leaver to force the shot into the chamber, which ensured it would not fall out.

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