Trial and Error

As the Later half or the 1800’s continued on many small firms came and went, some never producing a single working model, others lasting a few years. The most notable is theĀ PercivalĀ and Smith firm which experimented with a magazine pistol and some of the first ammunition cartridges. The same Smith went on to partner with Daniel Wesson.

The Beginnings

Around the time of the Revolutionary War, Norwich was on its way to be one of the top ten largest cities in the colonies and it produced parts for the Colonial Navy, primarily anchors and canons. It wasn’t until 1798 that muskets were commissioned and made in Norwich. The order of 200 was finished and delivered in 1801. In 1842 Ethan Allen Brought the industrial revolution with him and started a long line of firearms manufacturing in Norwich.