Founder of Dakota Rifles. Born St Francis, Kansas, but grew up on a farm in Beecher Island, Colorado. Graduated from the University of Colorado. Commissioned into the US Air Force in 1964. Served in Vietnam. Awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross flying RF-4s. During 1969 he joined Northwest Airlines as a Boeing 727 pilot.

Founder of A-Square Co, former manufacturer rifles and monometal bullets. A-Square closed down in both Glenrock, WY and Chamberlain, SD on 15 February 2012. He taught military history at West Point.

Founder of the oldest bulletmaking concern in the USA known today as Barnes Bullets. He began making custom bullets in his basement in Bayfield, Colorado in 1932 and patented a bullet using a 99% copper jacket. After WWII he moved to Durango, CO and later to Grand Junction, CO. At one stage the sole supplier of custom bullets in USA. Barnes Bullets became the first major component bullet manufacturer in the country tracing its roots back to 1932 when Fred Barnes founded the company. Barnes is the oldest bullet component manufacturer in the United States. Through innovation he grew the company to 125 employees by the late 1940’s. Due to personal problems he sold the company in 1965. It became the Colorado Custom Bullets but declined to a two-man operation by 1974, when it was purchased by Randy and Coni Brooks. See also Brooks, Randy.

Modern primer designer. Patented it by US Letter Patent 82, 587 of 1868. Berdan primers are often used in military cartridges. In his design the anvil against which the fulminate is crushed does not form an integral part of the primer as with Boxer primer, but is an integral part of the case and situated centrally in the bottom of the primer pocket of the case in the form of a projecting stud.

Australian cartridge case manufacturer.

Berlin gunsmith and designer of 9,3 x 62mm Mauser cartridge.

Patented the most successful sporting cartridge primer still in use today in 1866. Worked at the British Royal Laboratory. His primer employs a small metal cup partially filled with fulminate or potassium chlorate. A multi-legged sheet metal anvil that protrudes slightly above the cup mouth sits on top of the priming compound. When the primer is seated into the case pocket the anvil is pressed up against the priming compound so that any further movement will break and ignite it. Firing pin impact achieves ignition.

Designer of the solid-shanked and grooved bullet manufactured by North Fork Technologies and founder of company.

Born in Hanover, Germany. A book retailer who founded the bulletmaking concern Wilhelm Brenneke Gewehr- und Geschossfabrik in Leipzig, in 1895. He patented a number of firearm and bullet concepts and designed a number of cartridges such as the Brenneke Ideal bullet in 1905, the 8x64mm Brenneke cartridge in 1912, and the 7x64mm and 7x65mmR cartridges in 1917. Like so many other concerns, Brenneke’s factories in Leipzig were destroyed in 1945. He relocated to West Berlin and died in 1951.

Purchased Colorado Custom Bullets in 1974 for US$ 35,000. Advised by Fred N Barnes he grew the company which was renamed to Barnes Bullets LLC. Refer to Fred Barnes for more info. Relocated Barnes Bullets to American Fork, UT and later designed the expanding Barnes X monometal bullet for which he was granted US Patents 5,131,123 on July 21, 1992 and 5,259,320 on November 9, 1993. Sold company to the Freedom Group effective Jan 1, 2010.

Designer of solid shank bonded core bullets under the Trophy Bonded name. Manufacturing rights now owned by Federal Premium Ammunition.

Italian Jesuit, mathematician, naturalist and aeronautics pioneer.

Founder and designer of conical, monometal brass non-expanding Impala Bullets, Centurion, South Africa.

Egg laid claims to having invented the primer.

Scottish clergyman. Developed a small igniting pellet consisting primarily of potassium chlorate, charcoal and sulphur 1905 and patented same in 1807. By then it also contained fulminate of mercury. The principle on which this patent was based simply revolved around a hammer that ignited the fulminate of mercury through impact. The jar ignited the fulminate and the resulting flame was directed to the gunpowder through a hole in the rear of the barrel.

Born in Pisa, Italy in 1564 and became known as the Father of Scientific reason. He was a mathematics professor who supported Copernicus’s belief of a sun-centered solar system. Was accused of heresy twice by the Catholic Church for his scientific views. He designed the basic telescope from which riflescopes evolved. Died in Arcetri, Italy, on January 8, 1642.

Australian. Co-designer with John Marozzi of Hydrodynamically stabilized bullet introduced in 2009 and sold by Woodleigh as a solid. It is often incorrectly referred to as hydrostatically stabilized bullet.

He was a British mathematician educated at Christ’s Hospital School. Attended St. John’s College, Cambridge. In 1876, Greenhill was appointed professor of mathematics at the UK’s Royal Military Academy (RMA) at Woolwich and held this chair until his retirement in 1908. In 1879 he developed a formula to calculate the optimal twist rate for lead-core bullets which is still used today. The formula is:
Twist = ((C.D2)/L) x (√(SG/10.9) where:
C = 150 (use 180 for muzzle velocities higher than 2,800 f/s)
D = bullet’s diameter in inches
L = bullet’s length in inches
SG = bullet’s specific gravity (10.9 for lead-core bullets)

Born in Leigh, Essex, England. He was a British lawyer. Produced the first refracting telescope free from chromatic aberration (achromatic) by combining glass types around 1729 – 1733.

Born in Hayfield, VA, USA and graduated with honors from the US Naval Academy, Annapolis in 1909 and then transferred to the Army. He set up the US Army’s first machine gun school. Pioneered the forensic identification of firearms and ammunition. Author of Hatcher’s Notebook, the Book of the Garandand Textbook of Pistols and Revolvers and their uses. Developed the Hatcher Scale, an early attempt at calculating the stopping power of handgun cartridges. He became the Chief of the Small Arms Division in the Ordnance Department and the Assistant Commandant of the Ordnance School between the world wars. Retired as a Major General and served as Technical Editor of the American Rifleman magazine.

British soldier, author and inventor. Educated at Eton and known as one of the ‘Great Shots of the 19th Century. Joined the First Royal Dragoons in 1801. Author of the enduring book Advice to Young Sportsmen first published in 1814. Hawker’s inventions include work on the percussion the percussion lock, breech loading swivel gun and a musket that was rejected in by the military in favor of the Enfield. He also laid claims to having invented the primer.

Nickname – Ganyana (wild dog) Don Heath grew up in western Zimbabwe and learned his hunting skills on the buffalo eradication culls of the late 1980’s and problem animal control work. He took his professional hunters license in 1991 but remained in government service as Senior Ecologist Utilisation, setting government hunting quotas and hunting policy. In 1996 he was appointed as a government representative on the annual Professional Hunters examinations. He took an active part in the trials to legalise bow, handgun and blackpowder hunting in Zimbabwe. On retiring from Government service in 2000 he concentrated on safari hunting and ammunition production for the industry. In 2002 he took over as Chief examiner for the Zimbabwe Professional Hunters & Guides association on the PH exams. He joined the Norma technical team in 2009.

Kenya PH. Attended an agricultural college in England before returning to Kenya. Started hunting professionally in 1971 for Ker & Downey until Kenya closed hunting in 1977. Then guided in Sudan and Zambia. Joined Robin Hurt Safaris in Tanzania in 1985. Killed with his tracker Parmois Ole Kerito (aka Tinea) on 23 November 2010. Hopcraft and tracker accompanied Kenya Wildlife Services scout to find an injured buffalo. He was not permitted to carry a rifle. The buffalo charged and a scout missed. The buffalo then turned on Hopcraft and Kerito and killed them both.

Kenya PH. Attended an agricultural college in England before returning to Kenya. Started hunting professionally in 1971 for Ker & Downey until Kenya closed hunting in 1977. Then guided in Sudan and Zambia. Joined Robin Hurt Safaris in Tanzania in 1985. Killed with his tracker Parmois Ole Kerito (aka Tinea) on 23 November 2010. Hopcraft and tracker accompanied Kenya Wildlife Services scout to find an injured buffalo. He was not permitted to carry a rifle. The buffalo charged and a scout missed. The buffalo then turned on Hopcraft and Kerito and killed them both.

Son of Joyce Hornady. Became President of Hornady Manufacturing Co upon the death of his father in 1981.

German cartridge case manufacturer under the brand name Hülsen Horneber in Fürth.

American bulletmaking and reloading equipment manufacturing pioneer. Founded RCBS in 1943 in Oroville, CA and built it into the best-known brand in the industry at one time. Sold the company to Omark Industries in 1976.

Born in The Hague. Grew up in Middelburg (Netherlands) next to the Middelburg Mint and became a spectacle-maker. Janssen has controversially been associated with invention of the single-lens (simple) optical microscope and the compound magnification optical microscope around 1590. Janssen was tried several times for counterfeiting coins.

Zimbabwe’s first licenced PH. Born in Hwange, Zimbabwe. Attended Plumtree School. Acquired agricultural diploma after school. Failed to gain entry at the Rhodesian game department and instead became I became the first game ranch manager in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe), at Doddieburn Ranch. He establish a culling company on Lemco and then proceeded to Matetsi where he commenced guiding the first foreign hunting clients in 1967.

Born in Rundu, Namibia. Grew up in Botswana. At the age of five, his parents moved to a farm in Botswana. A qualified Namibian Big Game Professional Hunter for Thormahlen & Cochran Safaris. He was guiding a client on a desert elephant safari in Kaokoland on April 23, 2013, when the animal charged him without warning and trampled him.

Born at Eldoret, Kenya. Joined the then Tanganyika Game Department as an elephant control officer aged 19. Resigned as Game Warden for Southern Tanzania in 1973. One of the founding fathers of the Selous Game Reserve and a Tanzanian hunting pioneer. Authored articles and books such as The Last of Old Africa. Passed away in Australia.