James Puckle

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James Puckle (1667–1724) was an English inventor, lawyer and writer from London chiefly remembered for his invention of the Defence Gun (better known as the Puckle Gun), a multi-shot gun mounted on a stand capable of (depending on which version) firing nine rounds per minute. The "Puckle Gun" is sometimes considered the first machine gun and resembles a large revolver. His best-known literary work (reprinted as recently as 1900) was The Club, a moral dialogue between a father and son.

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