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American Ingenuity on Display: The VMI Firearms Collection - American Rifleman (press release) (blog)

The history of firearms development is the story of the attempt to get one more shot. The first firearms were slow-loading, single-shot affairs and since their inception, innovators have sought ways to reload quicker or fire more than one shot without ...

Criminal killed in encounter, AK 47 recovered - Business Standard

Criminal killed in encounter, AK 47 recovered. Noida (Uttar Pradesh), Mar 25 (ANI): A criminal was killed in an encounter in Uttar Pradesh's Noida on Sunday. The criminal had Rs. 1 lakh bounty on him and an AK-47 and a smooth-bore breech loading (SBBL ...

A hard look at the very curious Italian Vetterli-Vitali rifle (VIDEO) - Guns.com

Based on a mid-19th Century Swiss design, the Italian Vetterli-Vitali 1870/87 looks more steampunk that reality, and Othais and Mae over at C&Rsenal cover the strange gun in-depth. Johann-Friedrich Vetterli's series of breechloading repeating rifles ...

The Rifles That Made America - Popular Mechanics

While the smoothbore musket remained the U.S. soldier's primary weapon throughout the first half of the 19th century, the Army also issued weapons with rifled barrels with better accuracy and range, but a slower reload time. Throughout the early 1800s ...

“It'll Never Happen” – Until It Does! Caseless Ammunition, and Looking Back – Brief Thoughts 002 - The Fire Arm Blog (press release) (blog)

Breechloading firearms were, for literally hundreds of years, the caseless weapons of their era. In Henry VIII's day, they were curiosities too expensive and too delicate to be practical for anything but the amusement of the ultra-rich. At the time ...

Italian Firearms Group now importing Pedersoli Howdah 45/410 - Guns.com

Italian Firearms Group announced it will begin importing and distributing Pedersoli's Howdah chambered in .45 Colt and .410. A double triggered, breech loading reproduction of the Auto & Burglar pistol made by Ithaca in the 1920's, the Howdah comes to ...

15-year-old boy dies of gun shot wound - The Hindu

A 15-year-old boy died was found dead with a gun shot wound on his body at his house in Palakurichi village near Valanadu on Tuesday. Police suspect it to be a case of suicide. The incident took place when the parents of the boy, Kevin Mark, were away ...

You've heard of the Crespi-style Durs Egg carbine, yes? (VIDEO) - Guns.com

Swiss-born British gunmaker Durs Egg built a number of breech-loading flintlocks using the system invented by clockmaker Giuseppe Crespi. As detailed in the above by Matt of The Armourer's Bench, the early breech loader had a lot going on including an ...

I Have This Old Gun: British Baker Rifle - American Rifleman (press release) (blog)

Even though rifles had been around for at least a couple hundred years, because of their expense and the skill needed in their employment, by the late 18th century the simpler smoothbore musket remained the principal infantry arm. Due to experiences in ...

UP's women netas own guns worth lakhs for 'security' - Times of India

Be it Amethi's Rani Sahiba Ameeta Sinh, wife of Congress MP Sanjay Sinh or Aradhana Mishra alias Mona, daughter of Congress leader Pramod Tiwari, women candidates in poll-bound Uttar Pradesh do not hesitate in possessing firearms. While Ameeta, 54 ...

Deconstructing the Anti-Gun Second Amendment 'Musket Myth' - AmmoLand Shooting Sports News

The late 18th and early 19th century saw numerous efforts to develop a breechloading firearm, with the primary purpose of allowing a higher rate of fire from single-shot firearms using the flintlock and percussion ignition systems. A breechloader can ...

Mmegi Online :: Sechele's Cannon: Ramsay versus Grant - Mmegi Online

Neither Sechele, Montshioa, Linchwe nor Baden Powell would have possessed the material needed in order to fire the cannon – which must explain why all of them in turn abandoned something which they quickly realized was redundant, antiquated and useless ...

Looking Back at Shotgun History - American Rifleman (press release) (blog)

The battlefield is a great crucible for the development of arms, and as that conflict evolved, breechloading rifles using self-contained rimfire and center-fire ammunition came into being. Shotguns took a parallel line of development. The pinfire ...

Mark Hamill: You Have the Right to Bear Muskets, Only Muskets - OutdoorHub

12 shot, lever-action breech-loading, repeating flintlock. ▻ Lorenzoni and Cookson Flintlock Repeating Pistols, 7-shot and 9-shot versions, circa 1680. ▻ The Puckle gun, circa 1718, a tripod-mounted, single-barreled flintlock weapon fitted with a ...

Excerpt: How Canadians helped create the NRA - Toronto Star

It adapted a breech-loading action invented by an American, Jacob Snider, to the 1853 muzzleloading Enfield rifle, which had fired a Minié ball. The external hammer, which on the 1853 Enfield had struck a percussion cap, now drove a firing pin into the ...

Gun runners push Munger weapon factory to slow death - Times of India

Munger: Systematically clustered in 1925 by British administration, the government-controlled gun manufacturing factories in this historic town are facing closure threat because fewer gun licences are issued across the country and the young generation ...

Gun-Banners BeLIEve - America's 1st Freedom (press release) (blog)

Remington Arms and Sharps Rifle Manufacturing Co. produced breech-loading rifles for the team. At the time, muzzleloading rifles were thought to be more accurate. This changed after the American riflemen won the match with breech-loading rifles.For the ...

I Have This Old Gun: Terry Carbine - American Rifleman (press release) (blog)

Rifles and carbines were manufactured by William Terry and his partner, Bertram Calisher, in Birmingham, England, under the name Breech Loading Armoury Co. (Limited). With the exception of the less than 1,000 carbines built for the British military ...

Top 10 Infantry Rifles - American Rifleman (press release) (blog)

The era of the breechloading, self-contained cartridge dawned and rendered it obsolete some scant 11 years after its adoption. Many might argue that the Springfield Model of 1855 or 1861 was as good—if not better than the Pattern 1853, But the Enfield ...

Leveraging Heritage: Henry Repeating Arms - Daily Caller

The 1800s were a time of great innovation for firearms-and certainly a time of transition. Flintlocks gave way to percussion cap mechanisms, which in turn were made obsolete by self-contained metallic cartridges. Muzzleloaders were replaced by ...

A breech-loading gun is a firearm in which the cartridge or shell is inserted or loaded into a chamber integral to the rear portion of a barrel.

Breech from Russian 122 mm M1910 howitzer, modified and combined with 105mm H37 howitzer barrel

A breech-loading gun is a firearm in which the cartridge or shell is inserted or loaded into a chamber integral to the rear portion of a barrel.

Modern mass production firearms are breech-loading (though mortars are generally muzzle-loaded). Early firearms, on the other hand, were almost entirely muzzle-loading. The main advantage of breech-loading is a reduction in reloading time—it is much quicker to load the projectile and the charge into the breech of a gun or cannon than to try to force them down a long tube, especially when the tube has spiral ridges from rifling. In field artillery, breech loading allows the crew to reload the gun without exposing themselves to enemy fire or repositioning the piece (as was required for muzzle-loaded guns) and allows turrets and emplacements to be smaller (since breech loaded guns do not need to be retracted for loading).

Springfield Trapdoor: America's Breech-Loader

The Springfield Trapdoor was America's first standard issue breech-loading rifle beginning in 1873. The advantage of rifles using metallic cartridges was quickly realized, and the hinged-breechbloc...

Whitworth's Original Breechloading Cannon

James D. Julia Auctioneers will be offering Session 2 in the 16 March 2015 Firearms Auction, the extraordinary Springfield Arsenal LLC Collection of rare antique cannons. Here's the online...

Major Fosbery's Breechloading Prototype Rifle

http://www.patreon.com/ForgottenWeapons Cool Forgotten Weapons merch! http://shop.bbtv.com/collections/forgotten-weapons George Fosbery was the British officer (Major, at the time of this...

Firing The Breech Loading Naval Gun

This is a small scale replica of an 1890's naval deck gun with a Hotchkiss type breech. It uses aluminum foil wrapped charges with fuse ignition. I am firing it here with 60 grains of FFg...

Ferguson Breechloading Flintlock

Patrick Ferguson was a British inventor and Army officer who developed a breechloading flintlock rifle in the 1770s (his patent was granted in 1776). He impressed British Army ordnance officials...

Beautiful 1625 Breechloading Wheellock

(This item was pulled from the auction) Cool Forgotten Weapons Merch! http://shop.bbtv.com/collections/forgotten-weapons Breechloading firearms did not become commonplace until the 1800s,...