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Embellishments can't be entirely ruled out

October 26 2011 at 9:15 PM

RedFeather  (Login RedFeather)


Response to Home of the Girandoni

 

Military long arms of the period were often sourced out of cottage industries. For example, lock plates and fittings. These were simple pieces made in simple shops. Air guns, on the other hand, were fairly exotic. Considering their complexity (as opposed to smooth bore military muskets, the design of which remained virtually unchanged for decades), I would not be surprised that they were made by the same craftsmen who produced sporting arms. And who was the chief promoter of the Austrian air rifles? None other than the emperor, himself. That was some serious backing. Given that the guns were intended for field testing and, hopefully, standard issue, it would behoove a contractor to supply the very best examples he could. The resulting resemblance to sporting arms may not have been unusual. (For example, compare the Ferguson military breech loading rifle to the Brown Bess musket.)

To my mind, what is more telling is that the G guns are in .47 caliber, whereas the determination of balls to the pfund comes out to almost .53. What were sporting air gun calibers during this time period? A bit of Googling turned up a couple in .46 and .47. Are there any texts on purely sporting air guns from the late 18th century?


(DT, we seem to be on the same wave length, LOL!)


    
This message has been edited by RedFeather on Oct 26, 2011 9:25 PM


 
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  • Agreed - DT Fletcher on Oct 27, 2011, 12:35 AM
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