Danile Myron Lefever

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

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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Comments (12)

Raymond E. Camp
Ontario, NY

Good morning James,

With today's opinions of guns, he would not be well-liked!

Make yourself an astonishing day.


May 12, 2021 04:59 AM
Bill Salvatore - East Valley
Arizona Elite Properties - Chandler, AZ
Realtor - 602-999-0952 / em: golfArizona@cox.net


Another great story shared.  The shotgun, great to learn about it.   Make it a great Wednesday, thanks for psoting.  Bill Salvatore

May 12, 2021 05:09 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning James - great story of the evolution of the shot gun.

May 12, 2021 05:23 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

I wish I could say I have one of his guns in my collection James Dray , I'm sure it's worth a lot of money today. I appreciate his advancements in firearms.

May 12, 2021 05:34 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

Hello James - another piece of history that was unknown by me.  Of course, it could have shot by me and I might have never realized it.  That's the way the past catches up with us at times, right?  

May 12, 2021 05:49 AM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
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Good morning James! Thank you for another fascinating biography today

May 12, 2021 06:43 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, James... since I have no clue what a hammerless shotgun is, this is above my paygrade... but I gather these were significant inventions.

May 12, 2021 07:20 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, James, for sharing this story. 

Take care, be safe and have a great day.

May 12, 2021 08:30 AM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Well how about that, you can not top Bob "RealMan" Timm  answer!!!!Endre

May 12, 2021 10:06 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi James- I'm not sure I know what a hammerless shotgun is. I'll ask Larry. 

May 13, 2021 05:54 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Lots of history here, James, that I knew nothing about!

May 13, 2021 08:59 PM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

Danile Myron Lefever was another individual with an inquisitive and forward-think mind who advance his specialty.

Oct 11, 2021 07:15 AM