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Self-Opening Mechanism

Self-Opening - Attribute of a break-open gun whereby the barrels drop down simply by pressing the toplever without muscling them open manually.  The Holland & Holland system (above) utilizes a coil spring within a cylindrical housing mounted just ahead of the forward lump to urge the barrels open.  The Purdey system utilizes residual energy remaining in the mainspring after the gun has been fired.  Both systems enable a shooter to load quickly when birds are coming fast.
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