No. The crank turned a cam that moved the breech block forward and aft. You hand loaded a cartridge wrapped in combustible cloth and primed a nipple on the left side. Rather slow and dangerous---if the round blew when you had the breech open or you opened it too quickly. Still, those in the field said it could shoot 25 RPM.
I don't want to steel ironman's thread. Come to the CWT Tour of Vicksburg and I will give a talk and show how it works with my model.