Who's Who In Firearms

  • Ethan Allen 1808-1871 - Massachusetts arms maker. Famous for the Pepper Box pistol. Probably not related to the Revolutionary War hero.
  • Hiram Berdan 1824-1893 - Inventor of the Berdan priming system. Designed rifles. Organized 1st and 2nd companies of US Sharpshooters.
  • Maestro Bartolomeo Beretta  1490-circa 1567 - Founded The Beretta firearms company in 1526.  They are still i business and still owned by the same family.
  • Hugo Borchardt 1844-1921- Designed the C93 semi-auto pistol and its 7.65 x 25 cartridge. The C93 was the inspiration for the Luger pistol.
  • Ambrose Burnside 1824-1881- Inventor of the Burnside Carbine
  • John Moses Browning 1855-1926 - Designer of the Colt 1911pistol, the Browning Machine Gun (BMG), the Browning Automatic Rifle (BAR), the first gas operated machine gun the Colt-Browning Model 1895, (and more). Also Winchester shotgun Models 1887 and 1897, Winchester lever action Models 1886, 1892, 1894, 1895, (and other Winchesters). But wait! There's still more! He designed the .25 ACP, .32 ACP, .380 ACP, and the .45 ACP cartridges, (and others). He was working on the FN (Fabrique Nationale) GP35 when he died at his workbench. You know the GP35 as the Browning Hi-Power. Just about every firearm you see today has his fingerprints all over it.
  • Antoine Alphonse Chassepot 1833-1905 - Inventor of the model 1866 Chassepot rifle that proved decisive in the Franco - Prussian war.
  • Samuel Colt 1814-1862 - Famous for improvements to revolver design and mass production of revolvers. Founded Colt's Manufacturing Company in Hartford, CT which continues to make firearms.
  • Henry Deringer Sr. 1756-1833 - Gunsmith noted for fine Kentucky rifles and the father of Henry Deringer Jr.
  • Henry Deringer Jr. 1786-1868 - Gunsmith and inventor of the much copied Derringer pistol. (One R in his name two Rs in the pistol's name.)
  • Johann Nicolaus von Dreyse 1787-1867 - Inventor of the Dreyse Needle Gun, a breech loaded, paper cartridge, rifle with a bolt-like breech closing system. Worked for Samuel Johannes Pauly from 1809 to 1814.
  • Durs Egg 1748-1831 - British gunsmith involved in the production of the Ferguson Rifle. Uncle of Joseph Egg.
  • Joseph Egg - London gunsmith, maker of high-end firearms. Nephew of Durs Egg.
  • Alexander John Forsyth 1768–1843 - Inventor the Scent Bottle Lock, the first use of percussion ignition.
  • John C Garand 1888-1974 - Worked for the US Armory at Springfield, MA. Designed arms including a light machine gun and the famous M1 Garand semi-automatic rifle.
  • John Harris Hall 1781-1841 - One of the pioneers of machine made, mass produced, interchangeable part, firearms. Inventor of the Model 1819 Hall breech loading rifle. Worked with Simeon North, another manufacturing innovator.
  • Julian S Hatcher 1888–1963 - Major General of the US Army, firearms expert, worked in the Ordnance Department and the Ordnance Shool, engineer for Springfield Armory, wrote technical books on firearms.
  • Peter Hawker 1786–1853 - Participated in the design and manufacture of percussion firearms in Britain, author of "Instructions to Young Sportsmen".
  • Benjamin Tyler Henry 1821–1898 - Inventor of the Henry Rifle, the first reliable lever action repeater. Worked for Oliver Winchester at New Haven Arms.
  • Casimir LeFaucheux 1802-1852 - Invented the paper/copper self contained pinfire cartridge and breech loaded firearms that use it. Some of his revolvers saw use in the American civil war.
  • Isaac Newton Lewis 1858-1931 - Designer of the Lewis Gun, a light machine gun widely used by Britain and America from WW1 to the Korean War. Colonel in the US Army.
  • Georg Johann Luger 1849-1923 - Austrian military firearms instructor. Designer of the Luger pistol and the 9mm Luger cartridge (AKA 9mm Parabellum, 9x19).
  • Joseph Manton 1766-1835 - British gunsmith, invented the Tube Lock, an improvement on Forsyth's scent bottle lock.
  • Peter Paul Mauser 1838-1914 - German arms designer and manufacturer. The Mauser model of 1871 was the first metallic cartridge arm adopted by the German military and the famous Mauser model of 1898 (Gewehr 98) is the archetypal bolt action rifle. He also developed the 7x57 cartridge.
  • Hiram Stevens Maxim 1840-1916 - American (later became British) inventor. Invented the Maxim Gun, the first self powered, fully automatic machine gun.
  • Claude-Etienne Minie 1804-1879 - Inventor of the Minie Ball which allowed fast muzzle loading of rifled bores.
  • Simeon North 1765-1852 - Connecticut gun maker. Probable inventor of the milling machine. Pioneer of interchangeable parts. Worked with John Hall on the Hall rifle and the Hall-North carbine.
  • Samuel Johannes Pauly
  • Francois Prelat
  • Remington
  • Ruger
  • Sharps
  • Joshua Shaw 1776-1860 - Inventor of the percussion cap.
  • Smith
  • Christopher Miner Spencer 1833–1922 - Inventor of the Spencer Rifle, an early lever action repeater. Also the Spencer Pump Action Shotgun, the first successful pump action shotgun.
  • Eugene Stoner
  • Vetterli
  • Wesson
  • Eli Whitney
  • Oliver Winchester