San Antonio Express. (San Antonio, Tex.), Vol. 53, No. 350, Ed. 1 Sunday, December 15, 1918 Page: 14 of 68
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SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS: SUNDAY MORNING. DECEMBER 15. 1018.
San Antonio Officer Is
Inventor of Automatic
Rifle Trigger Release
Fires 1 Hundred
Guns at Same
One of the greatest Inventions of th.»
great war, an invention which army of-
ficials say will revolution the firing of
small arms, has t>< en patented by an Amer-
ican and offered to the Government free
of charge. The inventor not only is nu
American, but n San Antonian Captain
Alexander Boynton, 300th Infantry.
This device permits the firing of single-
shot, repeating rifles, and even machine
guns, at a distance. In other words. th«
machine gun nescs so ofteu used by th'»
Iluns, could be operated by the American
Army today without the loss of a single
man: in fact, the operator for it only
n .eds one to operate a dozen or more gun*
—<ou)d he stationed a hundred yards fron
tiio nest or even at a greater distance, it
This new invention Is known as the
pneumatic trigger pull. It is so simple
that a child cau operate it, yet an acci-
dental discharge of the weapon Is prac-
tically impossible Suction is the great
secret of the device. Of course, just how
ii is done is w'th the inventor and th*
War Department alone, for the device has
been accepted by the Government, and it
Is hinted that tt was tried, and with suc-
cess, in the war just over.
Captain Boynto:i. the inventoA is a re«l
dent <»f lsoo $a» Pedro Avenu?: this city,
lie is well-known here and for several
years served as .111 Alderman in the CI?,
i ouncll. He was api>oiute«» a captain In
1 lie National Aiu\» and assigned to the
fttiuth Infantry, and served with the army
ai the Tulane University training detach-
ment, Camp Martin, New Orleans.
Captain Boynton, who had been work-
9 Days Before Christmas
( AI'T. ALEX AM)
at The Guarantee:
n the dev: •*; prior to entering the
service of the Government, asked for and
obtained an indefinite leave of absence
from the Government In order to perfect
1.1: invention. This leave of absence w:t*
asked for July G. 1018, and was obtained
The invention Is a small device, con-
cealed in the stock of the rifle or machine
fun, all that appears on the outside bein.r
«i small rubber tube. To fire the gun
the tube is applied to the mouth and gently
sucked, the s.uu - manner in uhicii one
j would draw on clgarett" or cigar. The
. .uitlon releases :i spring which autoinatl
uilly pulls the h V;:"r.
I .lust what this inveutloi
« Junge the use -•!' small fire
I'» \ uton has this to say:
! "For single shoi and repeating rifles it
brings an addln.mal faculi v int.. actloo,
enabling the gun to I .• fired without <li -
turblng the aim by muscular movement
hi army an.? bard.
'"Can bo !'11 ' quickly without b"ing
"Fires the instant aim is perfected, wit i
out wabbling "ii or off the target.
"Liberate* the trigger finger, worth
more in pointing than any other i\\<» flng
ers, and enables i he .tup i«. be grasped
-uy firin.15 bs the right hand, thus ad<
4T < a 11 j to the quickncss and accuracy of
fiX j ' rends lo eliminate flinching
<*. X 1 ' '■ 1 ;"''d .1 •cideutall^ b\ thi
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steadiness and aids
ml inaccurate firing,
or numbness from
"Tends to protnot
In eliminating wild
. dtic lo m rvollsie -
1 As lo the use of this invention for au-
tomatic rifles or machine guns. Captain
Boynton says jr "lib. rates the light h 1:1 I
oi' the operator for attention to 'gun.
! "Enables operator to assume more < on
y 'i.ient and efl' the position during l'ir
will be appreciated
more than ever this
' Enables one <
01 more mai-him
nbliug a series -
I one man cau C
1 charge over an
' Permits a rel
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til ing but few ■>
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bine guns wIfhout
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' traps by eonecaliirg one man and as man .
▼ machine guns as may be desirable, whi
ft 1 m\ be sprung upon tin enemy al tin
\m> i-i..per time by me attendant.''
*Tj "For many years when 1 went hunting.
■J ' tuir.klng of son).- method whereby a gun
<* could be fired without flinching. I ha I
j A often noticed I would miss a deer purel ,
through flinching, >-r Jerking m.v arm
when 1 pulled lh- trigger, the slight jeriv
tuJf caused b> the m-ular ..intra-lion of'tic
fll arm and should. 1 ir. pulllnu tin trigg<
JT being enough t" cause the muzzle of tin
H mt ' from lh«' target.
pky ' Then again when limiting out In cold
Vyweather, mj bands often becaim
t*\j um b
ti.e trigger, c.v-. jit with great difficulty
I worked on lb Idea of the pneuuiatii
sf # t Igger null foi a considerable length <1
time before I finally perfected it.
LiJ "Tests 1 have given it. have proven lf j
Ara to work more than satisfactorily. But I 1
alone did not prove these tests. I sub
mitted my plans to the Government, an I !
tests prove the device 1ms stood the ,
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letter to the adjutant general of I
the army, throug.t the roniniittee 011 1M j
eutlon and Special Training, and the com- j
manding general, .Southc-astern Depart-
mcnt. Charleston. S. f'apt. Mugene II.
Martin, Infantry, commanding, writes:
"In private demonstration t'aptaln !
Hoynton has demonstrated to my saf.Kfn»
t1cn that; he really has devices which, i; J
he is given th.- opportunity to develop
them, will j»rove invaluable to the army.
•'fc'lrst. the pn?umatic trigger puil device i
hps been developed with tin* idea to make I
more effective aimed musketry fire during i
• Hi- excitement of battle, to make mor • 1
effective aimed fire when the trunner is
numb from cold, and to permit guuner.-
to use cover to a better advantage, aui
I to avoid mil sou la 1 movement."
The invention also lias been commended
by Brig. <Jen. ,1. I*. O'Neil, who in a
I -Her to the Infantry school of arms, ('ami
Travis, commanding general Camp Travli
"I have studied f'apf. A. Boynton's np-
pHance for rifle and ma« hine g'un for dh
clu.rging the pi«*rc. and believe ir has all
t he earmarks of a most valuable mechanism
tor ariny use.
' I believe this fo be so important thit
Captain Hoynton should be so situated 10
bo able to devote his entire attention to
perfecting thi< ineehnnism.
I "I have used this device and my opinion
1 is based r»n my experiments with it."
Later Captain hoynton received a letter
troni Ueneral O'Neil '11 which he said:
"I have j'i*r re- eived a very favorable re-
port on your pmumatic trigger-pull devi ■
in a personal le»;er from Col. Oliver Ed-
wards, • ommandlng machine gun training
1 enter. Camp llan- e-k. Appreciating yo ir
great interest, I am sending you the'fot
' lowintr extract from his letter :
• •With regard to the machine gun left
'»ith me at thrt Army and Navy Club: I
took this gun to the War College'and turn
ed it over to Colonel Ihlton, in barge rf
the exi»erimental section, and I enclose
his receipt. The day I left. I went in to
se« the result of their test. I found that
the devise had been tested by Captain Ma-
bury, who was enthusiastic'about it. and
said that it was one of the best things
that had been turned in there and was all
that the inventor claimed for it. II" also
1 raised the drawings whbh accompanied
tie invention. They said, however, that
the invention would have to before the
advisory board and «vhat the result b is
: been I don't know.' "
Just what acti'-n has been taken on the
I invention. Captain Hoynton i* unable to
! K.y But he liao leeieved orders to uo t.»
Washington ami file then- n detailed r.
j port of the device. lie left for Washington
, night. Captain Hoynton expect4
to be ordered to Europe to stud\ all new
Inventions in firearms resulting from the
wai, an 1 to make recommendations for th*
adoption or improvement for use bv this
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IJy Cnivenyil Service.
I PAKIS. Dec. 14.—Maj. Theodore I!o>se- I
velt Jr. was cited yesterday in an official I
French army order.
GENERAL MURRAY TO BE
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Representative Kahn Announces Inno-
vation in Selection of Retired
Officer for Post.
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Frilly. It is
DEPT. D S
' Stsff Special to The Express.
1 WASHINGTON, D. C., Dec. 14.—Maj.
! tJen Arthur Murray, United States Army,
retired, will he the next secretary or the
House Committee on Military Affairs. Gen-
eral Murray will take the position as soon
a-* the committee is organised in toe lon
press which probably will be in special
session early in March. ^
This was nnnoun-ed today by Repre-
sentative Julius Kabn of California.
ins: Republican member of the committee,
who will be the chairman in the next
I'onjrrex". General Murray is <»ne or tne
/te»c kuown officers of the array and ontn
recently was commander of the Western
l>e|»Mrfment at San Franrisco. He is now
in Washington. This appointment will
make a startling innovation in the
■ Military Committee becanse never
has a retired army oftWr been connected
in any capacity with Um commlttae and
General Murray's high rank makes the ap-
pointment all the more remarkable. Rep-
resentative Halm's idea in getting the
services of General Murray as secretary
Is that a retired army officer will be best
suited from knowledge and experience
to advise the committee as well as mem-
bers of Congress ou all military prob-
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M. COPPARD, Receiver.
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