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The Becker revolving shotgun (German: Schrotflinte System Becker[1]) is a German revolving shotgun.

HistoryEdit

The weapon was designed in 1899 by Deutsche Jagdwaffen-Gesellschaft, but was not actually produced until the 1920s by Römerwerke based in Suhl.[2][1] Only about 100 examples were produced; this is agreed upon by most sources.[3][4]

Design DetailsEdit

At first glance, the Becker appears to be a normal revolving rifle, but there are some odd quirks about the weapon, most notably, its action; the Becker is a blow forward shotgun where the barrel is blown forward about an inch (2.54 centimeters) every time the gun fires. Inside the barrel is what seems like a forcing cone, along with a similar construction on the front of each chamber; this is supposed to prevent gas blow-by. Despite the "forcing cones" theoretically preventing gas blow-by, a small stick-like "shield" is present just forward of the cylinder.

The weapon has no charging handle; instead, the weapon is charged by pulling the barrel out. This recocks the weapon's striker; the trigger does not reset on being pulled and only resets when the barrel hits the forward position. The Becker's cylinder is a little bit strange as it is a six-shot cylinder that only holds five shells; this is because one of the cylinder's chambers is plugged up. This is done because of the weapon's ejection system.

When the weapon fires, gas from the fired shell is redirected towards the just-fired shell and blows it straight out; this is the reason why one of the chambers is plugged. When the weapon is fully loaded, the plugged up cylinder is aligned with the weapon's loading/ejection port; if the cylinder was not plugged, the gas would blow out that shell (which would have been unfired), effectively wasting ammunition. Regardless, the ejection system appears to have functioned as intended. Only the first four shells would be ejected; the fifth shell would have to be ejected using the side-mounted ejection rod.

Loading the weapon is quite simple; pull out the barrel and load and manually index the cylinder until the spring inside the cylinder is fully wound. An interesting note about the cylinder is that roman numerals are inscribed onto the cylinder indicating how many rounds are left in the gun (i.e. I, II, III etc.).[3] The weapon has a twenty-four inch barrel and it appears stock covers made of cloth have also been produced.[5]

AmmunitionEdit

The weapon takes 16 gauge shells; it appears that all Beckers were made in 16 gauge,[3] with a contemporaneous advertisement appearing to confirm this.[1]

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