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It seems lighter, perhaps because the pad of my trigger finger contacted the lower part of the spur.
A look at the silhouette of Earl reveals what appears to be a percussion loading lever under the octagon barrel, but it isn't. It swings down like a loading lever, but its purpose is to secure the base pin. For loading or unloading of the cylinder the lever is unlatched, swung down 90 degrees and the base pin can be removed. This base pin is also used to punch out empty cases. The cylinder is then reloaded, placed carefully back in the frame, the base pin is returned to its proper place, and the "loading lever" is then swung back into place. Care must be taken to make sure the latch is securely seated in the notch on the post under the barrel or it will unlatch when Earl is fired.
MODEL 1860-4 "THE EARL"
MAKER: NORTH AMERICAN ARMS, 2150 S. 950 E., PROVO UT 84606
Earl is offered both as a .22 Magnum Model 1860-4 or the Model 1860-4C with the latter having an auxiliary .22 Long Rifle cylinder. Having both cylinders increases the versatility of this little sixgun allowing the use of many different .22 cartridges as well as shotshells. Earl was test-fired with 10 different ammunition versions which were equally divided between Magnum and Long Rifle. Loads were fired for group size at 7 yards and I was somewhat amazed at how easy it was to shoot this little .22. Complete results are in the accompanying chart.
Some don't consider the .22 Magnum Rimfire a defensive cartridge, however anyone must admit it is way above the proverbial stick or stone. My late friend Bill Jordan championed the use of the .22 Magnum in pocket guns and in Earl, CCI's Maxi-Mag HP +V and TNT both clock out around 1,375 fps and Winchester's latest .22 Magnum offering, Lead Free with a 28-grain bullet is just under 1,500 fps. I'd call any of those plain nasty! Fflra
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