Origins of the nail gun

The tool was fi rst invented in the
1950s by three US construction
workers – Marvin Hirsch, John Ollig
and Reuben Miller – who are thought
to have based their idea on the
mechanisms of WWII machine guns.
Veterans of the war, they devised
the product in a garage and
displayed their idea to the
Independent Nail Company.
Impressed by their invention, the
company offered the trio $25,000.
They initially declined the offer with
a view to starting up their own
business, but after running into
fi nancial diffi culties, the rights were
eventually purchased by another
fi rm, Bostitch. Over the following
decades, it evolved into the widely
used power tool we know today.