How the Providence Non Semi-Automatic Pistol Works, Shot Show 2019 | 1/28/2019 | Dean Weingarten
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Arizona -( Prior to SHOT Show2019, Franklin Armory made a bit of a splash by releasing information about a prototype, magazine fed pistol that was non-Semi-Automatic, but which looked very much like a Semi-Automatic. The pistol in the picture has a pistol arm brace, making it look like a carbine.

The firearm was said to utilize a digital action, and to fire one round with each pull of the trigger.

Jay - Jacobson - President - Franklin - Armory

Jay Jacobson, President of Franklin Armory, was kind enough to take time and explain how the system works. He used the prototype to show the system operating the bolt and bolt carrier. Jay explained he would not show the internal parts.

First, the digital action has everything to do with a flesh and blood digit, not a numerical one. The digit that powers the system is the trigger finger.

Systems - Action - Revolvers

We already have systems that do this. They are called double action revolvers.

There was another system that used finger power to feed from a magazine. It was the Dardick pistol and carbine, an interesting combination of revolver and magazine feed. A few were produced, it was not successful.

Providence - System - Reciprocating - Bolt - Bolt

The Providence digital system is different. It uses a reciprocating bolt and bolt carrier system to feed cartridges from the magazine into the chamber and to extract and eject the fired cartridge cases.

The bolt head of the Providence system is similar to the AR-15 multi-lug system. It locks with a rotating bolt. The bolt rotates about 23 degrees.

Firing - Sequence

The firing sequence is this.

The firearm starts with an empty chamber or a fired case in the chamber.

Trigger - Bolt - Bolt - Bolt - Carrier

Pulling the trigger unlocks the bolt, retracts the bolt and bolt carrier, and ejects the fired case if there is one.

The trigger continues to retract the bolt carrier and the bolt, until the trigger releases both.

Bolt - Bolt - Carrier - Move

Then the bolt and bolt carrier move forward, stripping...
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