The Gun Trade

The Times (The London Times) 16th Dec. 1846:

It will be seen by the following paragraph from the Meath Hearld that locksmiths and gunmakers have no reason to complain of any slackness in their trade.

“The demand for firearms is rapidly increasing! At Navan, on Monday last, an itinerant auctioneer dispensed of a large lot of a ” handy ones” to the “boys” at various prices, from 18 shillings to 30 shillings. The opportunity of becoming master of “an illigant gun wid a bayonet to boot” for a small charge of 1 pound was too much for the imagination of a Gael- it was perfectly irresistible."