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London was the early centre of gun manufacture, specializing in highly decorated guns made of imported brass. The trade of making guns developed rapidly in Birmingham and neighbouring parishes at the end of the 17th century in order to meet the demands of William III's armies. The subsequent expansion of the British empire, frequent wars, and an increasing use of guns for sporting purposes created a steady demand that led to the development of some large firms in the west midlands.

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