The Amazing Evans Repeating Rifle

Built in small numbers just after the US Civil War, the Evans repeating rifle was a very interesting rifle whose unique magazine design gave it a very impressive 34-round magazine capacity. And no, that is not a misprint.

In the 1870s, the US was awash with good quality rifles such as the Sharps carbine, the Henry and Winchester lever action repeaters, and the Spencer carbine. These guns were handy and some, like the Henry, carried an impressive 15-rounds in their under barrel tubular magazines. However, one Dr. Warren Evans, a Maine dentist, thought he could do better.

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This 1880s Apache warrior is perhaps the best equipped of any soldier anywhere in the world at the time of this picture between his top break S&W revolver and his Evans repeater holding 34-rounds

This 1880s Apache warrior is perhaps the best equipped of any soldier anywhere in the world at the time of this picture between his top break S&W revolver and his Evans repeater holding 34-rounds

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