Re: Lock, Stock and barrel
More interesting word origins traced to weapons:
The Bayonet is one of the few weapons named after its place of origin: Bayonne, France. The Colt Paterson would be another.
Lt. Henry Shrapnel began experimenting with a hollow projectile containing a number of balls and a powder charge. The British first fired shrapnel against an enemy in 1804 in Dutch Guiana.
In World War I, the Germans used a massive cannon to bombard Paris from long range. They named it, "Big Bertha," in honor of Frau Bertha Krupp, head of the Krupp steel works.
"Therein do I see an ugly cat. Smoke. Fire. Brimstone. A vast desert. Holes in parchment. The ugly cat is much amused." --- The quantrains of Gatodamus (1503-1566)