Some of the most beautiful work of this craftsman, and many others, are in this book “Liège Gunmakers through their Work. 1800 - 1950”.
For more detail see: LIEGE GUNMAKERS
When one rocks the door backwards, one resolves at the same time the safety which prevents the barrel from rocking. On photograph 7 one sees the part (the small clearer hook) occupied withdrawing itself, on photograph 8, the part is completely withdrawn.
One can then make rock the barrel on the with dimensions one and one is surprised by “the ejection” of the barrel towards the right, indeed it is animated by a spring which one sees on photograph 15. This same spring makes that the barrel turns over in place with a dry slapping!!
The hammer has a peak “swell” but the catch is nevertheless easy thanks to the squaring, when it is armed one notes that it actuates a floating striker on a kneecap passed in the body of the hammer and who crosses the thunder to the barrel which is relatively far!!
One sees this long striker on photographs 10, 11, 12 and 13.
It is about a revolver of pocket, with central percussion and close frame in its version luxate with grips out of mother-of-pearl and engraving imitating the style Louis XV. The whole of the weapon is nickelled.
The grooved cylinder with 5 rooms is “swing out” i.e. falling on the right as on the Colt since 1889. The extractor is out of star.
The not very apparent hammer seems to be a compromise between the hammerless with double action and the hammer with longer peak being likely to hang.
The door of loading can act as safety when it is rocked behind, it prevents the hammer from being driven in simple action.
It is also possible to charge the weapon without making rock the cylinder.
The weapon carries the lawful punches of the proofhouse of Liege, namely:
ELG on star in a crowned oval: final acceptance post 1893.
Spangled AK: countermark of the controller post 1877.
PV surmounted of a stylized lion: test with the powder without smoke, of use of 1898 to 1968.
D.D. OURY B te: The inventor of this weapon is the arms manufacturer Dieudonné OURY of Mortier (province of Liege)
He deposited a patent n° 114.452 relating to this weapon the 02.03.1895. (See technical drawings in appendices).
The weapon was obviously manufactured by company FRANCOTTE Auguste, street Mont St Martin 62-64 in Liege whose mark is struck the weapon.
L crowned on the internal face of the barrel: marks not identified with certainty, it could act of a mark of foundry?
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