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Posted: 3/15/2011 6:55:52 PM EST
Threw in the BP pistol pic for fun. It is obviously a repro. The barrel has a fuse hole. Any info?




Link Posted: 3/15/2011 6:58:38 PM EST
[Last Edit: 3/15/2011 6:59:49 PM EST by Plumbata]
One that was made in shop class with a wiggly vise and a metal file?


Is there a breech plug?
Link Posted: 3/15/2011 6:59:57 PM EST
[Last Edit: 3/15/2011 7:01:04 PM EST by AeroE]
Link Posted: 3/15/2011 7:01:07 PM EST
Originally Posted By AeroE:
Looks like a swivel gun.

Must be 16.8 mm; that would be .66 caliber or 16 gauge.



swivel gun?
Link Posted: 3/15/2011 7:02:08 PM EST
Thats a Kopie barrel. It's stamped right on the side.
Link Posted: 3/15/2011 7:02:15 PM EST
[Last Edit: 3/15/2011 7:12:12 PM EST by Silence]
Hand gonne. should have a long straight wood stock.






Link Posted: 3/15/2011 7:03:10 PM EST
Originally Posted By timco:
Originally Posted By AeroE:
Looks like a swivel gun.

Must be 16.8 mm; that would be .66 caliber or 16 gauge.



swivel gun?


Shipboard weapon, usually mounted to the railing. Good guess on his part.
Link Posted: 3/15/2011 7:05:28 PM EST
[Last Edit: 3/15/2011 7:05:49 PM EST by TheFlynDutchman]
Link Posted: 3/15/2011 7:09:09 PM EST
Seems very small for a defensive weapon at sea......

This has no mounting holes at all. Just the fuse hole. Seems old. Smooth bore.
Link Posted: 3/15/2011 7:09:31 PM EST
Link Posted: 3/15/2011 7:12:15 PM EST
[Last Edit: 3/15/2011 7:13:54 PM EST by AeroE]
Link Posted: 3/15/2011 7:17:16 PM EST
Here is a good link for identifying proof marks. http://www.castpics.net/subsite/ProofMarks/Proofmarks.pdf
Link Posted: 3/15/2011 8:03:49 PM EST
I can't see the fuse hole in the pictures. Match locks were in use during the time of the Columbus explorations. Flintlocks were in use until the mid 1800's. The math locks required a lit length of wick type material fitted to a pivoting mechanism to fire a hand carried firearm, and had a tough hole that was ignited similarly to BP cannons. The flintlocks and other period firearms had a flash hole that is basically just a hole drilled in the barrel.
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