Loading Lever
The loading lever on the
Bacon pistol differed
from that of the
Manhattan and
Nepperhan. The Bacon
utilized a tiny ball that
was pressed firmly
against the catch to
secure the loading lever
in place under the barrel.
The loading lever latch on the
Manhattan and the Nepperhan
was a flat surface inserted into the
forked end of the loading lever and
pressed against the catch. The
catch was notched in order to hold
the latch securely. A pistol of this
type is occasionally seen with the
top metal piece of the fork broken
off as a user attempted to force the
loading lever out of its secured
position.