David Penn

David Penn

David Penn is former Keeper of Exhibits & Firearms at the Imperial War Museum and is now a consultant.

He is President of the Arms & Armour Society, a Vice President of the Historical Breechloading Smallarms Association, the Muzzle Loaders Association, the British Association for Shooting & Conservation and Secretary of the British Shooting Sports Council.

His interest is in 19th and early 20th century firearms.

Did you know?

The best ideas are simple

What do the Jennings rifle, the Winchester 73 rifle, the Maxim machine gun and the Luger pistol have in common? – they all use the same basic toggle mechanism to lock the breech and operate in the same way as a knee or elbow joint.

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