Armstrong gun


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a wrought iron breech-loading cannon named after its English inventor, Sir William Armstrong.

See also: Gun

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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In November 1859, the investigating committee recommended adoption of the Armstrong gun. At the age of 49, the Newcastle inventor had seriously arrived.
"He produced the Armstrong gun and built warships and did it to the best of his ability but he always said it was up to politicians, not him, to decide whether they were used or not.
ALAN ARCHIBALD watched Celtic new Bhoys Gary Mackay-Steven and Stuart Armstrong gun his Jags side down in dream debuts last season.
The first honorary freeman of Newcastle was Sir William George Armstrong in 1886, for his great achievements, including the invention of the Armstrong Gun.
In January 2000 I was invited by the Fort Glanville Historical Association to take up the challenge of creating the mechanical loading system for the mounted 10" 20 ton Armstrong gun at Fort Glanville.
Even Britain found she had to fight certain nations in order to force the benefits of free exchange on them: in China, for example, where the Armstrong gun was used for just this purpose, and 'with remarkable effect', in the Second 'Opium' War of 1856-60.
Newcastle-born William Armstrong invented the hydraulic crane and the Armstrong gun; built Newcastle's famous Swing Bridge; owned the first house in the world to be lit by hydro-electricity at Cragside in Northumberland.
They were armed with modern Armstrong guns and five artillery batteries.
The idea of constructing a heavy-duty crane in the Venice Arsenale was first proposed in 1881 by the shipbuilders working on the battleship Morosini in order to hoist four 160-ton Armstrong guns on to the vessel.
Gate Pa, which had eight underground chambers, was bombarded by the British, who had mortars, howitzers and five of the latest rifled, breech-loading Armstrong guns in an action that was a foretaste of the First World War.