Daniel Myron Lefever was born in Hopewell, New York back in 1835. In the early 1850’s he began a gun making career as an apprentice in Canandaigua, New York. He opened his own gun-shop in Canandaigua in 1857. His principal business was making muzzle-loading rifles. In 1862, he joined with James Ellis to form Lefever & Ellis, they built long-range rifles used in the American Civil War. The partnership ended in 1867.
He joined several partnerships between 1867 to 1880. In 1902 he formed the D.M. Lefever, Sons Company with sons Charles, Frank and George. In 1906, while moving to Syracuse, New York he died from a stomach ulcer, he was 71.
What you may not know about Daniel is that he was also an inventor, in 1878 he invented the first hammerless shotgun. He wasn’t finished in 1883, he also patented the first truly automatic hammerless shotgun and the first automatic ejector system.
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