Lyle gun

noun
\ˈlī(ə)l-\

Definition of Lyle gun 

1 : a mounted gun that resembles a small brass cannon and is used to fire a projectile attached to a line of rope to an extreme range of about 700 yards in rescue operations at sea

2 : a firing device that resembles a short shotgun and is used to propel a weight attached to a line of rope in rescue operations at sea or on land (as in firefighting)

called also line-throwing gun

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History and Etymology for Lyle gun

after David A. Lyle †1937 American officer, U.S. Army, its inventor

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