What is the point in the Mauser Zig-Zag?

What was the practical purpose of the Zig-Zag pattern on the Mauser Zig-Zag? I know that a later gun named the Webley-Fosbary used something similar to help make it have an automatic function but the Mauser doesn't look like that is the purpose for it at all.

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  • 9 years ago
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    The groove is a cam pathway that rotates the cylinder to fire the next round when the hammer is pulled back.

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