Percussion

Summary: It was an elegant weapon, for a more civilized age.

The hammer struck the brass. Thunder erupted in the conductor's hand.

Mercury fulminate launched a shower of sparks into a narrow channel.

Like a firestorm above dry plains, they ignited others.

Fine black powder combusted, propelling a bullet before it.

A sulfuric cloud of acrid smoke erupted behind it, like a volcanic plume.

The projectile struck the slave-catcher in the eye, as Harriet Tubman lowered her Colt Dragoon.

Elsewhere, Giuseppe Garibaldi used the same weapon to rally his army of workers and peasants against the arrogant aristocrats.

The percussion revolver struck down slavers and feudalists alike, as the new age dawned.

Let freedom ring.