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    The evolution of firearms The evolution of firearms Presentation Transcript

    • Jack DePaolis and Bobby Mcdonald
    • Early Guns: Matchlock
      • The matchlock was the first firearm ever invented.
      • The matchlock was invented in the mid 15 th century.
      • The first illustration of the matchlock was in 1475 in Austria.
      A Primer on firearms, from matchlock to flintlock . (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://blindkat.hegewisch.net/pirates/matchlock.jpg&imgrefurl=http://blindkat.hegewisch.net/pirates/primerW.html&usg=__71zOP8duJC5-R8swgYNnEki1iMo=&h=311&w=408&sz=15&hl=en&start=0&zoom=1&tbnid=wRvzDWWuzruYAM:&tbnh=134&tbnw=198&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dthe%2Bfirst%2Bmatchlock%26um%3D1%26hl%3Den%26safe%3Dactive%26biw%3D1003%26bih%3D558%26tbs%3Disch:10%2C3&um=1&itbs=1&iact=hc&vpx=137&vpy=210&dur=671&hovh=196&hovw=257&tx=119&ty=82&ei=mq6HTMupI4fCnAe3_LnADg&oei=mq6HTMupI4fCnAe3_LnADg&esq=1&page=1&ndsp=13&ved=1t:429,r:4,s:0&biw=1003&bih=558&safe=active
    • How the Matchlock Works
      • When you pull the trigger, the burning end of the match is pressed into the priming powder, shooting the gun.
      • Pros: First gun ever introduced.
      • Cons: Wick was easily extinguished by rain. Dangerous around gunpowder. Wick burns out eventually. Slow reload.
    • Early Guns: Wheel Lock
      • The Wheel Lock first appeared in 1517.
      • It was an updated version of the Matchlock.
      • It was invented in Germany.
      • Leonardo da Vinci drew diagrams of a similar device.
    • How the Wheel Lock Works.
      • The wheel lock works much like a cigarette lighter. A spring, connected to the steel wheel, is wound by a crank. Pulling the trigger releases the spring, spinning the wheel against a flint. Sparks fall onto the priming, lighting the powder.
      • Pros: More reliable and less dangerous than the Matchlock.
      • Cons: Slow reload. Heavy. Mechanism breaks down. Parts wear out. Hand winding the spring became tiresome.
    • Early Guns: Flint-Lock
      • The Flint-Lock was invented in London in the early seventeenth century.
      • Ezekiel Baker from London invented the shotgun, which was an example of a Flint-Lock.
      • Some Flint-Locks had rifling, which is a swirled pattern inside the barrel, which improves accuracy.
    • How the Flint-Lock Works
      • When the Flint-Lock’s trigger is released, the tension of the spring’s tension causes the flint to fly forward. The flint strikes a steel object, giving off sparks into a pan of gun powder to begin the ignition.
      • Pros: Rifling introduced, You can cock it like some of today’s pistols.
      • Cons: flint and springs wear out or break, slow reload and number of shots limited to number of barrels.
    • Cartridges and Magazines
      • The Breech Loading Percussion Paper Cartridge combined paper cartridges and percussion caps. They were introduced in the mid-nineteenth century.
      • Also invented at the same time were Breech Loading Percussion Metallic Cartridges.
    • Cartridges and Magazines http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Rifle_cartridge_comparison.jpg http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:9mm_pistol_magazine.jpg
    • Cartridge and Magazine Guns
      • A cartridge gun is a single shot gun.
      • Cartridge guns are still used today.
      • Magazine guns use a magazine full of bullets, which inserts a new bullet after the previous one has been fired.
    • Cartridge and Magazine Guns http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Openboltcropped.jpg http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:G36_CMag.jpg
    • Semi-Automatic Guns
      • A semi-automatic gun is able to fire each time you pull the trigger without having to cock it.
      • A famous example of a semi-automatic gun is the M1 carbine.
    • Automatic Guns
      • An automatic gun allows you to fire continuously when you hold the trigger down.
      • The gun will keep firing until it needs to be reloaded.
      • The first automatic gun was invented in 1862 by American Richard Gatling.
    • Automatic Guns
      • The automatic didn’t become widely used until the Prohibition Era, when the Thompson 1928A1 was invented.
    • Bibliography
      • Evolution of firearms . (1998). Retrieved from http://6fbd21e64bc817fd097aa54148bd3dab37bc10ee.gripelements.com/documents/pg03_evolution.pdf
      • Evolution of firearms . (2010, September 11). Retrieved from http://www.nps.gov/spar/historyculture/evolution-of-firearms.htm
      • History of firearms . (2010, September 10). Retrieved from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_firearms
      • Pirates of the carribean . (n.d.). Retrieved from http://blindkat.hegewisch.net/pirates/primer_main.html