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MORRIS & BROWN CONICAL REPEATING RIFLE
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Morris & Brown Conical Repeating Rifle
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Manufacturing details of the Morris & Brown Conical Repeating Rifle

by Scott Crawford - July 26, 2021


  • The Morris & Brown Conical Repeating Rifle.

  • Available from: 1861


  • Cartridges: .38 caliber rimfire


  • Notes: The Conical repeater is a rifle chambered for a .38 rimfire cartridge. It was loaded much like a top break revolver, had a six shot cylinder, and was cocked using the rear trigger. The weirdness comes in is its large conical shaped breech which surrounded the cylinder, which was done to prevent gases from escaping from the cylinder. The conical breech acted like a funnel, directing fired bullets toward the barrel where it would be directed out the barrel and muzzle. The cylinder was fixed and did not revolve, instead a firing pin indexed to the next chamber when cocked. While an interesting design, it was also very flawed in that the funnel would wear out quickly after use. Only two examples were produced, both of them had damage to the breech that had to be repaired.

    The ring lever behind the exposed trigger (no trigger guard) cocks and rotates the firing pin. Currently the two surviving examples can be found at the Cody Firearms Museum in Cody, Wyoming and the Virginia Military Institute.


Specifications
Model Number Action Type Caliber Capacity M.S.R.P. (1861)
CONICAL REPEATER Lever Action .38 caliber rimfire 6 Rounds $16.00
Additional Specifications
Barrel Length 17.0" Scopeability N/A
Barrel Type Octagon to Round Browned Steel Scope Mount Type N/A
Rate of Twist ??? Stock Material American Walnut
OAL 32.25" Length of Pull 13.25"
Weight 6.6 lbs Safety N/A
Receiver Browned Steel Best Uses Prototype
Rear Sight Open Embellishments/Extras N/A
Front Sight bead




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