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Encyclopedia > Horace Smith (inventor)

Horace Smith (born Cheshire, Massachusetts, 1808 - died 1893) partnered with Daniel B. Wesson in Norwich, Connecticut in the early 1850s to develop the first repeating rifle, the Volcanic rifle. Smith also patented a metallic cartridge in 1854. They then went on to found Smith & Wesson. Cheshire is a town located in Berkshire County, Massachusetts. ... 1808 was a leap year starting on Friday (see link for calendar). ... 1893 (MDCCCXCIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (see link for calendar). ... Daniel B. Wesson (born Worcester, Massachusetts, May 18, 1825 - died August 4, 1906) partnered with Horace Smith in Norwich, Connecticut in the early 1850s to develop the first repeating rifle, the Volcanic rifle. ... Norwich, known as The Rose of New England, is a city in New London County, Connecticut, United States. ... // Events and Trends Technology Production of steel revolutionised by invention of the Bessemer process Benjamin Silliman fractionates petroleum by distillation for the first time First transatlantic telegraph cable laid First safety elevator installed by Elisha Otis Science Charles Darwin publishes The Origin of Species, putting forward the theory of evolution... A repeating rifle is a single barreled rifle containing multiple rounds of ammunition (consisting of primer, powder, and bullet contained in a cartridge). ... The Volcanic lever action rifle was a precursor to the Henry and Winchester line of repeating rifles, and was designed by Horace Smith and Daniel B. Wesson Smith & Wesson. ... Rimmed, centerfire . ... 1854 was a common year starting on Sunday (see link for calendar). ...


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