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9523
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David “Carbine” Williams was a native of Cumberland County who made major developments in sporting and military weapons, including the M1 Carbine, a weapon that gave American soldiers superior firepower in World War II.
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6070
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Gunsmithing has a long history in North Carolina, dating back to the 18th and 19th centuries in Salem, Salisbury, and Jamestown. Richard Gatling and David \"Carbine\" Williams are among the famous gunsmiths in this ancient and demanding craft. Earley profiles three of the best in the 20th century: Hal Hartley of Lenoir; John Bivins, Jr., of Winston-Salem; and Joe Balickie of Apex.
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David Williams was born in Cumberland County on November 13, 1900. As a young man, he worked for a railroad company and supplemented his income by making moonshine. A confrontation with law officers led to a shootout in which an officer was killed. Although there is a dispute as to who shot the officer, Williams was charged and sentenced to thirty years in prison. He worked in the metal shop in prison, repairing guns of the guards and developing his own ideas about firearms. In 1929, after serving eight years, his case was reviewed, and he was pardoned. During World War II, Williams worked for the Winchester Repeating Firearms Company in Connecticut. While in prison he had invented the short-stroke piston and floating chamber principle that would revolutionize the small arms industry. This idea led to the development of the M1 carbine. Over six million were manufactured between 1941 and 1945 and gave him his famous nickname \"Carbine\" Williams.
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Tar Heel Junior Historian (NoCar F 251 T3x), Vol. 46 Issue 1, Fall 2006, p31, il, por
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29575
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Repeating shotguns have been around since the 1880s, but there is nothing quite like a double gun. The author of this article discusses his knowledge of the guns, and covers the history of double guns and gunsmithing in the South.
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30215
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North Carolina gunmaking is going through a revolution in demand and in manufacturing technology. Improving technology has made firearms manufacturing more precise while enabling smaller companies to compete with larger companies, such as Sturm, Ruger & Co.in Rockingham County.
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