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Elderly man suffers bullet injury - The Hindu

An elderly person was injured after he was hit by a bullet that came from a single barrel breech loading gun fired accidentally by a mentally disabled person in Gurmitkal town in Yadgir district on Saturday. An injured Mubarak (60) was immediately ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Ithaca Gun Company once an area staple - Ithaca Journal

Ithacans still see the remains of the Ithaca Gun Company's factory on East Hill near Ithaca Falls, especially the tall factory smokestack. But aside from those industrial relics, Ithaca Gun has mostly receded into history, except for its ongoing ...

The First Anti-Aircraft Gun Was a Big Cannon Designed to Pop Balloons - Popular Mechanics

Alfred Krupp, a member of the Krupp family, famous for producing steel artillery and armaments, developed the Ballonabwehrkanone, or balloon-defense gun, also known as the Ballon Kanone. The 37-millimeter breech-loading cannon was mounted to the bed of ...

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

In the process, we've altogether glossed over the reason that breechloading doubles, pumps and semi-automatics work: self-contained shotshells. As firearm development gained momentum, the flint system of ignition gave way to percussion ignition ...

State museum exhibit will celebrate Maine gunsmiths - Press Herald

LaBar said the exhibit will also feature patent drawings from Hall, courtesy of the National Archives and Harper's Ferry. Hall patented a breech-loading rifle in 1811 with parts that could be interchanged between guns. He used semi-skilled laborers to ...

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 ...

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 ...

Part 3: An Industrial Ecosystem Emerges Around Sam Colt's Guns - Hartford Courant

At Colt's, Root devised and built one-of-a-kind machines that revolutionized manufacturing, and hired and trained some of the greatest mechanical achievers of the age: Christopher Spencer, a machine-maker at the Cheney silk mills who later invented a ...

Free Gun Firings at Fort Nelson - AboutMyArea

Uniformed gunners from the Portsdown Artillery Volunteers will fire a 110-pounder, 7-inch rifled breech-loading gun from the ramparts of the 19th century fort, at 11.30am, 1pm and 3pm. Dated 1862, the mighty 110-pounder was built in the Royal Gun ...

Is it legal to use a muzzle-loading gun with lead shot to shoot wildfowl? - ShootingUK

You are correct in spotting that all four of the National Regulations restricting lead shot refer at their main heading to a “prohibition on the use of cartridges containing lead shot”. However, the relevant section of the regulations, whether in ...

Target Practice With Mr. Lincoln - New York Times (blog)

At the time, a single-shot, muzzle-loaded gun could be fired perhaps three times a minute by an experienced rifleman. Spencer conceived of loading the weapon instead through the breech (thus eliminating the need for ramming the round down the barrel ...

Rare 'disappearing' gun from 1896 found on Miramar peninsula - Scoop.co.nz (press release)

The gun, believed to be a rare eight-inch Breech Loading Hydro Pneumatic coastal defence gun, also known as the 'disappearing gun', was discovered partially exposed above ground last year by Department of Conservation staff carrying out work in the ...

Triple-barrelled cannon found in Croatian fort is 'machine gun' forerunner designed by Da Vinci - Daily Mail

The first thing he did was to design breech-loading cannons as against muzzle-loading. They required a fast means of being cooled before another firing and he calculated that a vat of water would do the trick. During these tests he even managed to ...

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).

Breech-Loading Rifles

A breech-loading weapon 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-loadi...

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...

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,...

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...

1889 naval gun breech

A 9.2" triple motion interrupted parallel screw naval artillery breech from 1889.