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Blake Bolt Action Repeating Rifle
This repeating rifle design was developed by J H Blake and employed a unique seven-shot rotary magazine. The magazine held removable formed aluminum spindles that could be quickly added through opening a hinged panel. While submitted for trials against the Krag-Jorgensen rifle, the Blake did not receive any favorable comments and was considered "Unsuited to the military service."
While Blake's rotary magazine design did not meet with military acceptance, on the civilian market the company nevertheless attempted to sell rifles chambered for a variety of centerfire smokeless powder cartridges during the time period from 1892 to 1910. Only a small number of Blake rifles are known to exist, with the highest serial number in the low three digits.