Charles Flohr, Something of a Gun, 26 Aug 1893, The Record-Union, Sacramento, CA
SOMETHING OF A GUN. Somo Tests Mut.e with ■ i.irmnn Army Kill,-. Since adopting its new army riflos, Germany has been very careful not to let any of them get out of the country. A well-known Saeramentau. Albert Ackennaun, has succeeded, however, in getting three of them. One is on exhibition exhibition in Kckhardt's gun store, another at Klohr's and the third Mr. Ackermann has. A Rkcobd-Ukios reporter examined examined ono of these gunß yesterday. It is certainly a masterpiece of the gunsmith's art. The ritle is half a pound lighter than the American army ritle, and carries a 88---caliber 88---caliber cartridge. It is hauimerfoss. and shoots live times without reloading. The gun is tested to throw a bullet i>o<i yards on a straight line—that is without changing changing tho sight. At an angle it will carry .'i,of)o yards. iho cartridge is as interesting as the gun itself. The bullet is made of steel, and is nickio-plated to prevent rusting. rusting. Tho powder used looks like vermicelli, vermicelli, and the process of its manufacture is a secret which the German Government Government refuses to divulge. The cartridges come in little tin frames, five to a framo, and are placed in the gun just as they are —frame and all. Messrs. Ackermann and Flohr made two tests of tne force of thogun in Flohr's cellar yesterday. On the first shot tho bullet went through a butcher's meat block eighteen inches to diameter, through two pieces of sidewalk planking, and thence through a brick bulkhead, when it was lost in the earth, i>n the second second test two pieces ot one-eigluh-in -h sheet-iron, and a two-inch plank were placed back of the meat block. The bullet went through tho block, the two sheets of iron, and lodged in the center of tho plank. An onlooker remarked facetiously ;hat he "wouldn't be surprised if a shot from that gun would kill a man."