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A New Rifle.

A new repeating air rifle has been invented in France, which is called the " miracle gun." The weapon is light, much lighter than any of the army rifles now in,.use. . It resembles the magazine gun in that % steel cartridge about' a ,span, and- a half long ! and as thick as a man's thumb is attached to the one barrel by means of a screw. This cartridge contains 300 shots; which can be discharged as rapidly or slowly as a man desires. Since neither powder nor any other explosive,' but only compressed and liquified air, supplies the expelling force, no smoke and no. flash accompany the discharge. Only a short, sharp, low report is heard as the ball leaves the cartridge. „At a recent, trial the ball travelled with.wonderful accuracy and penetrated deep into the wall of the shooting room. .As soon as one cartridge is emptied of its 300 shots, another cartridge can be screwed on the gun in~ the twinkling of an eye. M. Gif Ford, the inventor, says that the 300 shots in a cartridge can be produced-at a cost of about 2£ cents. The gun itself can be mamffactured for about ,£l. .. :

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A New Rifle., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2423, 7 May 1890

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A New Rifle. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2423, 7 May 1890

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