Jean Samuel Pauly’s 1814 Patent: Apparatus for Discharging Fire-Arms by Means of Compressed Air

The 1814 patent specification by Jean Samuel Pauly represents a landmark moment in the history of firearms innovation. Officially titled "Apparatus for Discharging Fire-Arms by Means of Compressed Air," this patent (No. 3833) outlines a groundbreaking approach to firearm discharge mechanisms, moving away from traditional gunpowder ignition to a compressed air system.

Pauly, an engineer of notable repute, proposed a design wherein the rapid action of a syringe or similar instrument would introduce atmospheric air into the chamber or barrel of the firearm, igniting the gunpowder by creating a compressed environment. This method was revolutionary for its time, offering a more reliable and potentially safer alternative to the conventional methods of firearm operation. The detailed patent description includes intricate illustrations and technical explanations, showcasing the ingenuity behind Pauly's vision.

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