Where can you find information about a 16 gauge Perfection breech loading single shot number 362921?
Manufactured by Crescent Fire Arms or W H Davenport for H & G Lipscomb & Co. The Davenport product will include the patent date Aug 11 '96.
About the time of the American Civil War- in the 1860s. The Spencer was a cartridge firing, breech loading, rifled repeater. The Burnside used a metal cartridge and a tape primer. The Sharps (as in Sharpshooter) used a paper cartridge, but was a breech loader. One breech loader saw limited use by a few British soldiers during the American revolution- the Howe. It was a flintlock, but loaded from the breech.
As to the breech loading gun, it dates as far back as the discovery of cannon itself, and fourteen guns of that description were used by the English army at the siege of Orleans, in the year 1428. (From: The Turner Brigade: History of the Rifled Cannon). The breech-loading rifle (as a practical hand-held weapon) seems to have been developed by Major Patrick Ferguson, in the 1770s. It was used by a detachment of British…