Falling Block

Dan'l Fraser Sidelever Falling Block action hand made by Joseph Smithson. Top photo: action closed. Bottom photo: action open.

 

Falling Block - A type of action used primarily for single shot rifles whereby some kind of lever actuates a breechblock, moving it downwards in a vertical recess to expose the chamber. May have visible or enclosed hammer. For any given barrel length, it allows a shorter overall rifle compared to a bolt action because no space is taken up by the forward-and-back cycling of the bolt. Most of the better British makers produced them in limited numbers around the turn of the last century. Perhaps the best-known falling block action today is the Ruger No.1.

Alex Henry Falling Block rifle in 12-Bore.

 

A modern Falling Block action designed and built by Martin Hagn.

 

Falling Block action  ---  Upper photo, action closed. Lower photo, action open.  In this case, a Webley Model 1902 in calibre .577, 3" Nitro Express.

 

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