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List of Famous Gunsmiths

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List of famous gunsmiths, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top gunsmiths in the world? This includes the most prominent gunsmiths, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable gunsmiths is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic gunsmiths were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned gunsmiths.

This list has a variety of people, like Benjamin B. Hotchkiss and Daniel Myron LeFever, in it.

From reputable, prominent, and well known gunsmiths to the lesser known gunsmiths of today, these are some of the best professionals in the gunsmith field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous gunsmiths ever?" and "What are the names of famous gunsmiths?" then you're in the right place. {#nodes}
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  • Benjamin B. Hotchkiss
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    Benjamin Berkeley Hotchkiss (October 1, 1826 – February 14, 1885) was one of the leading American ordnance engineers of his day.... more on Wikipedia
  • Daniel Myron Lefever (August 27, 1835 – October 29, 1906) was an American gun maker, popularly known as "Uncle Dan Lefever". He is best known as the inventor of the hammerless shotgun, first introduced in 1878.... more on Wikipedia
  • Kunitomo Ikkansai
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    Kunitomo Ikkansai (国友 一貫斎, November 21, 1778 – December 26, 1840) was a Japanese gun manufacturer of the early 19th century, who, after having spent several months in Edo, where he could get accustomed with Dutch wares, built Japan's first reflective telescope in 1831. It was of the Gregorian type. Kunitomo's telescope had a magnification of 60, and allowed him to make very detailed studies of sun spots and lunar topography. Four of his telescopes remain to this day. Kunimoto also developed manufacturing methods for guns, and also created an air gun based on rangaku knowledge acquired from the Dutch in Dejima.... more on Wikipedia
  • William Caslon

    William Caslon
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    William Caslon I (1692/1693 – 23 January 1766), also known as William Caslon the Elder, was an English typefounder. The distinction and legibility of his type secured him the patronage of the leading printers of the day in England and on the continent. His typefaces transformed English type design and first established an English national typographic style.... more on Wikipedia