Sunday, 2005 October 9, 18:17 — weapons

spilling shells

A surprising passage in The Adventure of the Dancing Men:

[Sherlock] Holmes hunted about among the grass and leaves like a retriever after a wounded bird. Then, with a cry of satisfaction, he bent forward and picked up a little brazen cylinder.

“I thought so,” said he; “the revolver had an ejector, and here is the third cartridge. . . .”

Were ejecting revolvers ever common?

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