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    An original Counterhurter

These compression brakes were made the same for front-pintle barbette, center-pintle barbette, or casemate carriages which were also a front pintle type. The I-beam rail visible here was made from wrought iron. You can see the `brake pad` sticking out to the right. To prevent `galling`, the ordinance department would have provided pads of a dissimilar metal, like bronze or brass or even cast iron. Also visible is the compression screw and handle which applied pressure to the pad, forcing it into close contact with the rail surface. At the extreme left is one of two securely bolted Upper Carriage Stops. These are the last defense against loosing the carriage off the back of the chassis during recoil.


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