J.A. Williams of Fredonia, Texas was granted a patent for a most unusual a mousetrap on the day after Christmas in 1882.
In describing the novelty of his invention, Williams writes:
My invention relates to an improvement in animal-traps; and it consists in the combination of a suitable frame upon which a revolver or pistol is secured, a treadle which is secured to the front end of this frame, and a suitable spring and levers, by which the firearm is discharged when the animal steps upon the treadle, as will be more fully described hereinafter.
The object of my invention is to provide a means by which animals which burrow in the ground can be destroyed, and which trap will give an alarm each time that it goes off, so that it can be reset.
Williams further notes that “This invention may also be used in connection with a door or window, so as to kill any person or thing opening the door or window to which it is attached.”
Considering that the home invader may be armed with the six shooter from the mousetrap you left outside in the yard, you should probably follow Williams’ suggestion and buy two of these traps.