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Scottish gun designers

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by xtarheel, Oct 2, 2010.

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  1. xtarheel

    xtarheel Member

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    As a hunter, gun collector, and member of the Illinois Saint Andrew Society, I have been asked to put on a presentation in November in commeration of Veteran's Day for the Scottish History Club discussing the evolution of firearms used by the U.S. army from the early 1800's to date. I have examples of all of these to display where I will explain their evolution. Being a Scottish society, I naturally will talk some what about what the Black Watch and Sutherland & Argyle Highlanders were carrying at the same time. I will bring my SMLE Mk4* and Mk5 as well as a Mark IV Webley pistol.

    I want to talk about the Scots that influenced the evolution of firearms. I have some information on James Paris Lee who was born in Scotland but moved to America where he help designed the SMLE. John Farquarson inventor of the falling block (Ruger #1), and Major Patrick Ferguson, designer of a breechloader.

    Any other ideas on Scottish designers would be greatly appreciated.
     
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    Much more important than his work on the SMLE, James Paris Lee invented the detachable Box Magazine, used in endless Rifles and Pistols since.


    I do not think anyone could hope to find a more useful and significant contribution to the evolution and development of small Arms, than that.


    I do not know of any other Scottish or Scottish-derived Gun Designers beside him though.


    What about the Percussion Cap?

    It's inventor was a Minister I think, and, was a Scott...


    Okay - from Wikipedia -



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    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Percussion_cap
     
  3. xtarheel

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    Thank you very much for that link. The percussion cap/primer was certainly a pivital invention. As usual this forun is the best source for all things firearm.
     
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    On the shotgun side, you have John Dickson and a modern day designer/builder David McKay Brown - both built/build the Scottish Round Action which dates from the early 1800's
     
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