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Eugene Morrison Stoner passed away on this day in 1997 at the age of 74. The man most associated with the design of the AR-15, which was modified and adopted by the US military as the M16, is regarded by most historians, along with John Browning and John Garand, as one of the United States’ most successful military firearms designers of the 20th century.

He is also, along with the Soviet designer Mikhail Kalashnikov, considered by some historians as one of the two men whose work most shaped the events of the last half of the 20th century.

The prolific designer of rifles began work in the aircraft industry before taking his expertise, along with plenty of new notions about engineering and alloys, to ArmaLite where his career in firearms design really took off.
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Antique Japanese (samurai) Edo period tanegashima, showing the firing mechanism.

The Snap Matchlock is a type of matchlock mechanism used to ignite early firearms. It was used in Europe from about 1475 to 1640, and in Japan from 1543 till about 1880.[1]

The serpentine (a curved lever with a clamp on the end) was held in firing position by a weak spring[2], and released by pressing a button, pulling a trigger, or even pulling a short string passing into the mechanism. The slow match held in the clamp swung into a flash pan containing priming powder. The flash from the flash pan travelled through the touch hole igniting the main propellant charge of the gun. As the match was often extinguished after its relatively violent collision with the flash pan, this means of ignition fell out of favour with soldiers, but was often used in fine target weapons.

The technology was transported to Japan, where it became known as the Tanegashima, in 1543 by the Portuguese[3] and flourished there until the 1900s. The Japanese Matchlock, or Tanegashima seems to have been based on snap matchlocks that were produced in the armory of Goa India, which was captured by the Portuguese in 1510.[4]

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