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Smith Wesson was founded by two men who shared a dream of developing a new type of firearm one capable of being fired repeatedly without the annoyance of having to reload with loose powder ball and primer Their ideas moved firearms manufacturing out of the muzzle loading era that dominated the industry since the invention of the hand cannon in the 14th century Smith Wesson became reality when Horace Smith and Daniel B Wesson formed their first partnership in 1852 to manufacture a lever-action pistol that incorporated a tubular magazine which fired a fully self-contained cartridge This new repeating pistol could be fired as rapidly as the lever which loaded the pistol and cocked the hammer could be manipulated The firepower of this lever-action pistol was so impressive that in 1854 when the gun was reviewed by Scientific American it was nicknamed the Volcanic because its rapid-fire sequence had the force of an erupting volcano The original site of the Smith Wesson Arms Co was in Norwich Connecticut where the company operated until it hit financial difficulties in 1854 During the reorganization of the company a new investor named Oliver Winchester provided additional finances to support the production of this particular type of firearm The factory moved to New Haven Connecticut the site of some of Winchesters holdings and the name of the company was changed to Volcanic Repeating Arms Co Horace Smith and DB Wesson finally sold their majority interest to Oliver Winchester who using the original Smith Wesson patents continued their venture It emerged in 1866 as the Winchester Repeating Arms Co Horace Smith eventually returned to his hometown of Springfield Massachusetts and DB Wesson continued to work for Winchester as plant superintendent While employed at the Volcanic Wesson designed a small revolver that fired a cartridge that he and Horace Smith patented in 1854 Both
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