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Claude-Étienne Minié

Claude-Étienne Minié

French Army officer
Claude-Étienne Minié
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Intro French Army officer
Was Inventor Military personnel
From France
Type Business Military
Gender male
Birth 13 February 1804, Paris, Seine, Île-de-France, France
Death 14 December 1879, Paris, Seine, Île-de-France, France (aged 75 years)
Star sign Aquarius
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Biography

Claude-Etienne Minié (13 February 1804 – 14 December 1879) was a French Army officer famous for solving the problem of designing a reliable muzzle-loading rifle by inventing the Minié ball in 1846, and the Minié rifle in 1849. He succeeded the pioneering work of Henri-Gustave Delvigne and Louis-Étienne de Thouvenin. Minié was born and died in Paris.

Minié served in a number of African campaigns with the Chasseurs, after which he was eventually promoted to captain. In 1846 he designed the Minié ball, a cylindrical bullet with a conical hollow in the base which expanded when fired. This projectile, combined with his rifle, resulted in a major improvement in firearm accuracy.

The French government rewarded Minié with some 20,000 francs and installed him as a member of the staff at the Vincennes military school. In 1858 he retired from the French Army with the rank of colonel and later served as a military instructor for the khedive of Egypt and as a manager at the Remington Arms Company in the United States. His rifling technology proved critical to the increase in firearms accuracy seen during the American Civil War.

Minié balls.
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https://www.worldcat.org/oclc/73872151
http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/384023/Claude-Etienne-Minie
http://www.culture.gouv.fr/public/mistral/leonore_fr?ACTION=CHERCHER&FIELD_1=COTE&VALUE_1=LH/1884/10
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