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