There are more than 700 lots available during Morphy Auctions’ Extraordinary Firearms Auction, but I’ve managed to narrow it down to my five favorites.
On May 22, 1866, one of the most iconic names in the arms industry was founded: Winchester Repeating Arms Company.
On May 18, 1825, Daniel Baird Wesson was born in Worcester, Massachusetts. He began working in the firearms industry at 18 with an apprenticeship to his older brother Edwin.
It’s not uncommon for people to mistake Cinco de Mayo as a day to celebrate Mexico’s independence, but that’s actually September 16, 1810.
On April 16, 1864, Thomas Blanchard died at the age of 75. He spent his entire life inventing all sorts of things, but some of his best-known creations were for the arms industry.
On April 6, 1766, Joseph Manton was born in Grantham, England. By the time he was 23, Joseph had opened up a gun shop of his own.
On January 26, 1945, Gen. Patton uttered the famous phrase, “In my opinion, the M-1 Rifle is the greatest battle implement ever devised.”
The BRN-180 line of lower receivers do away with the traditional receiver extension threads, and in their place have a milled in 1913 Picatinny rail section for mounting of stocks or braces.
On January 15, 1893, Horace Smith passed away at the age of 84. He retired 20 years earlier in 1873, having spent most of his life in the arms industry.
Christopher Spencer’s most impressive moment was securing a military contract for his gun by walking into the White House then shooting it with the President of the U.S. on the National Mall…
On January 10, 1862, Samuel Colt passed away at his home in Hartford, Connecticut. He was one of the wealthiest men in America, with an estimated worth of $15,000,000.
John Hancock Hall was born on January 4, 1781, in Maine. He spent more than two decades working at the Harpers Ferry Armory.
Born on December 31, 1860, John T. Thompson was the man who made “The Gun That Made the ‘20s Roar” – the Tommy Gun.
On December 23, 2013, Lieutenant-General Mikhail Timofeyevich Kalashnikov passed away at the ripe old age of 94.
On December 23, 1833, Charles Richards was born in Brooklyn, New York. He had spent 22 years – fully one-quarter of his life – working for Colt’s.
On December 22, 1923, Georg Luger passed away in Berlin at the age of 74. He forever linked his name to an iconic gun and an unfailing caliber.
Like most inventors, John and Murray were convinced that their design was going to change the world of law enforcement. This new gun would “save lives, prevent lawsuits, and help prevent riots.”
On December 13, 1863, Thomas Leech & Charles Rigdon formally dissolved their partnership, ending “Leech & Rigdon,” which was the second-largest revolver manufacturer for the Confederacy.
François-Antoine Fauveau was wearing this cuirass at the 1815 battle of Waterloo when he was killed by a cannonball.
On November 30, 1810, Oliver Fisher Winchester was born in Boston, Massachusetts.
Revolvers made by J. H. Dance & Bros. are some of the most distinctive guns to come out of the south during the Civil War.
On November 26, 1926, John Moses Browning passed away in Liege, Belgium, at the age of 71.
On November 24, 1916, Sir Hiram Stevens Maxim died at the age of 76. Despite holding patents for everything from mousetraps to curling irons, Maxim is best known for his machine gun.
On November 21, 1865, US patent 51,117 was issued to William Mason for the swing-out revolver cylinder.
Martin Fry was an accomplished gunsmith, but 113 of the 116 pistols he made for a government contract in 1808 were rejected.