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Cimarron Firearms Brings the Legend of the Henry Repeating Rifle to Life - AmmoLand Shooting Sports News

Fredericksburg, Texas (Ammoland.com) – One of the most iconic guns of the American West is the Henry Repeating rifle, a lever-action, breech-loading, “sixteen-shooter” rifle originally produced by the New Haven Arms Company in New Haven, Connecticut, ...

The British Army Hoped This Rifle Could've Helped Halt The American Revolution - The Drive

To be fair, Ferguson was hardly the first to come up with the idea of a breech loading flintlock firearm or a mechanism that allowed for rapid fire. The design of Ferguson's Ordnance Rifle lifts many key design features from a sporting gun a Frenchman ...

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

VMI's firearm collection at the Virginia Museum of the Civil War displays the evolution of breech-loading firearms during the war, like this Merrill carbine, which fired a paper cartridge. The barreled action below is the remains of a Merrill carbine ...

You're Going To Need A Bigger Gun: BAE Pitches 40mm For Stryker, Bradley - Defense Daily Network

Because the cannon takes up significantly less space than a conventional breech-loading cannon, it can be integrated into either a manned or unmanned turret, Chamberlain said. The company is in talks with turret manufacturers and will make a decision ...

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

Throughout the early 1800s, the U.S. experimented with rifles like the 1814 and 1817 Common Rifles, and America's first breechloading rifle, which could be loaded with a cartridge at the rear of the barrel rather than ramming powder and ball down from ...

“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 ...

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

As detailed in the above by Matt of The Armourer's Bench, the early breech loader had a lot going on including an action that pivoted up 90-degrees to load and a huge bayonet that looks like a fireplace poker. The gun he has is from a small lot of ...

Top 10 Guns in American History - Outdoor Life Magazine

Hall doesn't make many Top 10 lists for guns in American history, but this breechloading firearm should. History often remembers Eli Whitney's role in the popularization of interchangeable parts in America, but it was John Hall who truly made it so. In ...

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

Due to experiences in the American War of Independence, the British gained more respect for rifled arms and, for a time during the Revolution, even experimented with a corps of riflemen armed with an interesting breech-loading rifle designed by Maj ...

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

... women candidates in poll-bound Uttar Pradesh do not hesitate in possessing firearms. While Ameeta, 54, contesting from Amethi on Congress ticket, owns a rifle and a pistol worth Rs 50,000 each, she also keeps a smooth-bore breech loading (SBBL) gun ...

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 ...

Is the 1911 Dead? - OutdoorHub

Grim terminal ballistics aside, any firearm capable of these feats is acceptable, but capacity still plays a part in the defensive handgun equation. A Thompson Center Contender, breech-loading single-shot handgun chambered in .45-70 Gov is a less ...

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

This is due to the simple fact that muzzle loading cannon had evolved very little from the 1600s until the late 19th century when they began to be phased out by new breech-loading artillery. In this respect many British Empire units were laggards ...

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

Although the development of the shotgun was relatively short, and amazingly complete at a very early time in history, it is during the period from the perfection of the breech-loading shotgun in 1870 through World War I, which presents the greatest ...

Top 10 Infantry Rifles - The Daily Caller

As such, it can be argued that the M1 represented the first time America sent its boys to war with the best infantry rifle in the world, as the United States was the only nation to fully arm its troops with a self-loading design. Simply stated, the M1 ...

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

Majority of people prefer pistols or revolvers to double-barrel breech loading (DBBL) or single barrel breech loading (SBBL) guns made in this town, which is abuzz with the electioneering din for assembly polls in Bihar. Famous for its historic fort ...

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 ...

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).