James Puckle

(c. 1662—1724) writer and inventor

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Puckle was born in London around 1667, and died there some time in 1724. He practised as a lawyer, though it is not known where he trained. He is most commonly remembered today for his invention of a nine-shot revolving musket mounted on a tripod which some have described as the first machine gun. This weapon attracted some interest in the early eighteenth century, but was never taken up by the army. Puckle also wrote The Club, or a Dialogue between Father and Son (1711), a didactic tract designed to build moral character, which was quite popular in its Day and reprinted several times.


From The Biographical Dictionary of British Economists in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Economics.

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