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P.W. Porter Revolving Turret Rifle

Click on the action of the rifle to see a close-up of it

Produced during the early 1850's, the Porter Revolving Turret Rifle was a step in the evolution of the levergun.  The turret, a 9-shot .44 caliber on the 1st, 2nd & 3rd Models, was loaded just like the chambers of a cap & ball revolving cylinder, except the priming was accomplished during the action of the firearm.

Working the lever revolved the turret, cocked the hammer and pushed a cap into firing position.

The big drawback of the Porter design - as with most other turret designs - is that there is a chamber pointing directly back at the shooters face at all times!





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