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Armstrong’s No.1 Gun, 1855

Discovery Museum, Tyne and Wear

Heavy Industry, Inventions

1800 – 1899

This gun represents a pioneering step in the development of artillery armament.

In 1855 Sir William Armstrong invented this type of breech loading gun with a rifled bore; allowing the gun to be loaded from behind (breech loading) increased the rate of fire. Using a rifled bore improved its accuracy by 57 times and meant that the gun was still accurate over a distance of 4.5km.

This gun was the forerunner of today's artillery equipment.

By W.G. Armstrong and Company

On display at Discovery Museum, first floor Tyneside Challenge Gallery, Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums

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