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This is one of the most fascinating guns I’ve ever handled. It abounds with original and well- conceived details—from its push button trigger to its revolving turret nipple array.
It was made by Valentin Sylvestre Fombuena of Madrid. Fombuena was a craftsman/engineer/inventor with a series of patents over a vast range of subjects.
When one sees a gun so different from the usual, one has to admire not only the workmanship, but the ingenuity that went into its design.
The photographs tell the story.
Figure 1- The gun shoots round balls and is not rifled. Apparently, the maker was more interested in gadgetry than accuracy.
Figure 2- A closeup of the action. The circular cross-hatched button is the trigger.
Figure 3- The sink marks of Madrid gunmaker Valentin Sylvestre Fombuena
Figure 4- About a dozen 50 caliber balls are loaded into a magazine in the buttstock of the weapon.
Figure 5- The long cylindrical tube alongside the barrel is the gunpowder reservoir. It also serves as a lever for the loading process.
Figure 7- The lever in the fully rotated position. This permits a measured powder charge to enter behind the ball. Returning the lever to its original position seals the breech.
Figure 8- As the hammer is drawn back, the nipple turret advances one position to place a new nipple beneath the hammer face.
Figure 9- The number “8” is apparently a serial number
A magazine for round balls was provided in the buttstock. The lever, mounted on the side is a gunpowder storage magazine. When the barrel is pointed downward and the lever is rotated, a ball falls into the chamber through a hole in the lever drum. As the lever drum is further rotated, a measured charge of powder follows the ball into the chamber. This action also cocks the hammer and rotates a percussion cap into place. Returning the lever to its stowed position seals the chamber. The gun can then be fired by pressing the cross-hatched button below the hammer.