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Gift of Olin Corporation, Winchester Arms Collection
This gun was called "Gallery and Small Game Rifle No. 2" by the Massachusetts Arms Co. Although it was manufactured by the Mass. Arms Co., it is known by the name of the patentee and is called a Maynard rifle. The rifle was used in the Winchester Ballistics Laboratory to test ammunition. The total number made is unknown but production was large.
top of barrel: W.R.A. Co./FRANK WESSON WORCERTER, MASS./ PAT'D OCT. 25, 1859 & NOV. 11, 1862 [on left side of hammer:] PAT. APR. 9, 1872 [on rear tang of trigger guard:] 5322 [on top of rear barrel:] 44 EX L. R. & C.F.
cardboard tag - 5322 According to the old ARGUS record W.3161, this rifle is the Type three not Type two. The following is from the Gloss on the old record: This Frank Wesson two-trigger rifle has a hammer which, when placed in the half-cock position, draws the forward trigger to the rear, permitting the breech to open. A manually operated extractor is on the right side of the barrel. The hammer has an adjustable firing pin to accommodate either rim or centerfire cartridges. About 7,500 of this type of rifle were made. There were five types or variations of the Frank Wesson rifle; total production was approximately 37,000. This example is the third variation - hmk 11/11/2004.