EIG Eibar Spain 9mm musket?
An aquaintance of mine showed me an interesting little Spanish made muzzle-loader yesterday. A well abused and broken little 9mm musket made by EIG of Eibar Spain. Google searchs show EIG apparently made mostly shotguns. Couldn't find any mention od black powder guns.
Has later style Spanish proofs, and I really don't think the thing is all that old. Possibly rifled, but appears to be a smoothbore from my inspection. Built similiar to the old CVA Kentucky rifle kits with a two piece stock, and a real cheap lock, and other stamped hardware. Does have sort of rough looking cast steel triggerguard, buttplate, and patchbox, the rest is stamped steel, no brass fittings. Has an interesting, skinny octogon barrel of 'swamped' or tapered style. Proofed and makers stamped, but damn near looks handmade externaly.
Obviously designed to shoot, but thought 9mm was an odd bore size. I thought it might be a small, small fowling piece, or utility musket from the 1900's, but could be an import gun from the 1950's or 60's I suppose. I don't think it is a decorator gun...at least it wasn't made as a dedicated decorator, although it is sort of cheaply made.
Anybody ever hear of 9mm caliber muzzleloaders?
Could it be a .36 caliber? A good caliber for small game and cheap shooting! There were 9mm shotguns - popular in Europe, but they were cartridge guns.