In 1891, John Browning designed a new rifle that fed not from a tube magazine but from a box magazine. Box magazines were a relatively new concept with James Paris Lee leading the field.
This one-of-a-kind Browning prototype uses the same locking mechanism as the Winchester 1886 and is in ‘musket’ configuration.
In this video Matt takes a look at the rifle and explains how it’s unusual magazine design works.
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Many thanks to the Cody Firearms Museum for letting us take a look at the rifle, check out their newly refurbished museum – https://centerofthewest.org/explore/firearms/
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The Armourer’s Bench is a collaborative effort from Vic Tuff and Matthew Moss. We will be bringing you detailed examinations of historic small arms from around the world. We will delve into the history, use and operation of the weapons using videos, blog posts and high resolution images to tell their story.