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?

A flash in the pan

This expression originates with the misfire of a flintlock or similar gun. The powder in the pan was supposed to ignite the main charge in the barrel. Sometimes only the powder in the pan flashed without firing the main charge.

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