The Rasmussen rifle was a Danish revolving rifle designed by Peder Rasmussen.


Peder Rasmussen of Rudkøbing designed this rifle in 1834, and that same year he demonstrated it in front of an audience including King Frederick VI. Although favorably received, there was a lapse of interest in the design until 1843, when Rasmussen received a commission from the Danish Army to produce a batch of trial rifles. The batch was delivered in 1845 and tested the same year, but was not accepted into military service.


The Rasmussen rifle was a percussion action rifle that utilized a rotating cylinder. The rifle was controlled by a lever on the grip, which would both discharge the weapon and revolve the cylinder. A bayonet could be fitted to the barrel.


  • Guns And Rifles Of The World, H.L. Blackmore, 1965
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