Invention Timeline – W. G. Armstrong, English Inventor; Invented the Hydro-Electric Machine and of the Gun which Bears His NameSaturday, March 28th, 2009
b. November 26, 1810 and d. December 27, 1900
English inventor of the hydro-electric machine and of the gun which bears his name. 1856 he was appointed engineer-in-chief for rifled ordnance and superintendent of the foundry at Woolwich.
Then towns he quickened by mechanic arts,
And bade the fervent city glow with toil;
Bade social commerce raise renowned marts,
Join land to land, and marry soil to soil;
Unite the poles, and without bloody spoil
Bring home of either Ind the gorgeous stores;
Or, should despotic rage the world embroil,
Bade tyrants tremble on remotest shores,
While o’er the encircling deep of Britannia’s thunder roars.
—The Castle of Indolence: Thomson
Thomson 1330—Guns invented; in 1344, in use by the Moors; in 1354, adopted by Denmark; in 1377, in use by the Venetians, and in 1406, first used by the Spanish.
1718—James Puckle obtained the earliest patent for repeating fire-arms in this country.
1770—Joseph Cugnot constructed a steam automobile for artillery transport.
1830—Percussion arms were used in the U. S. army.
1835—Colonel Colt obtained his first patent in America; in 1849, he made improvements in his revolver.
1847, October 29—Henry Metcalfe was born. He invented the first detachable magazine that was used with military small arms.
1851—Adams improved the revolver.