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Vertically Revolving Rifle

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The Porter Revolving Turret Rifle was an experimental firearm from the 1850s. P.W. Porter designed it to fill a demand for repeating rifles during the percussion cap era. It featured multiple chambers that could be cycled vertically before the user needed to reload.

There was a significant design flaw. Chain fire--that is, sparking between chambers--could cause multiple chambers to discharge simultaneously. One of those chambers is pointed at the user's face.

Link | Photos: 19th Century Weapons

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