Edward Maynard’s tape-priming system required a soldier to open the magazine door on his lockplate and insert a roll of caps. The paper strip was fed up through the opening over the cone. In theory, each time the soldier cocked his weapon, an indexed spring would feed the strip up and place a cap over the cone. It was found, however, that the spring often misfed the strip, causing misfires. (HN Archives)

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