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Boy's Manual of Seamanship and Gunnery

Pistol Exercise

ADAMS'S BREECH-LOADING REVOLVER.

To make Ready and Fire by Numbers.

By Numbers, Ready. Take the pistol from the belt with the right hand, then seize the handle with the left, holding the pistol nearly upright, the forefinger pointing to the muzzle between the trigger-guard and the cylinder ; and half-cock with the right hand, thumb remaining on the comb of the hammer.

Two. Open the breech with the forefinger and thumb of the right hand, then carry the band to the pouch and take hold of a cartridge at the rim.

Three. Put a cartridge into each chamber, pressing them well home with the thumb, turning the cylinder at the same time with the forefinger of the left hand, then close the breech and drop the right hand to the side.

Four. Full-cock with the thumb of the right hand, then pass the pistol into the right hand, holding it upright, with the forefinger outside the trigger-guard.

Present. Point the pistol a few inches below the object, with the arm slightly bent, then raise the muzzle until the top of the foresight is brought in line with the object through the notch of the back-sight, and press the trigger at the same time with the forefinger until the hammer falls.

As you were. Pass the pistol into the left hand, holding it as in the 1st motion of " Ready," then proceed with the 4th motion of " Ready."

Two.-Pass the pistol into the left hand, and hold it as in the Ist motion of 1 Ready," then half-cock, open the breech, seize the head of the extractor and force out the empty cartridge-case, return the extractor to its former position, carry the hand to the pouch and take hold of a cartridge at the rim.

Three. Proceed with the 3rd motion of " Ready," as l before detailed.

To Return the Pistol to the Belt.

Return. If the pistol is loaded, push the extractor down into one of the chambers with the right hand, then return the pistol to the belt, and drop the hands to the sides.

To come to the " Ready " from the Belt.

Ready. Place the pistol in the left hand, as detailed in the 1st motion of " Ready," and withdraw the extractor from the chamber with the right hand, then proceed as before laid down for " Ready."

To Half-cock, if at the " Ready."

Half-cock. Pass the pistol into the left hand, and hold it as in the 1st motion of " Ready," then half-cock with the thumb and forefinger of the right hand, and drop the hand to the side.

To Unload the Pistol.

Unload. Place the pistol in the position of "Ready" with the muzzle inclining to the front, then open the breech, force back the cartridges with the extractor, return them to the pouch, close the breech, ease the hammer down, and return the pistol to the belt.

To make Ready and Fire, in Quick Time.

The men having been thoroughly instructed in slow time, will next be taught to " Ready " and fire in quick time.

INDEPENDENT FIRING

CAUTION. Independent firing.

Commence. Each man will come to the " Ready " and " Present " independently of his right or left-hand man, and will continue firing without reloading until all the chambers are discharged. He will then return to the " Ready " position, reload, and proceed as before.

Cease firing. Complete the loading and " Return. "

The pistol can be fired without full-cocking by merely pressing the trigger each time; but this should only be resorted to in close action, as the increased pull of the trigger has a tendency to render the aim uncertain.

The men should be exercised in firing with the left hand as well as the right ; and they should be taught that, when time permits, a more accurate aim may be taken by supporting the pistol with the left hand.

To remove the cylinder:

Place the pistol at half cock, then press in the base-pin spring and withdraw the base pin, the cylinder can then be removed.

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