Battery descriptionSeptember 13 2017 at 3:25 AM
|DT Fletcher (Login DTFletcher)|
Response to From my perspective,
The history of the outside lock air gun has never been a subject of any serious study. From what I can determine, the outside lock is likely the oldest of all airgun battery designs, other than the Bourgeoys, as already mentioned. The Bourgeoys dates to 1608 and the first mention of an airgun used in battle is 1634, during the 30 Years war. My guess is that the airguns in 1634 were likely outside lock airguns.
I suspect that if we were able to assemble a complete inventory of all outside lock airguns produced over the centuries that a few ball reservoir types would be included. The reason being that the high pressure pneumatic sphere was a staple of scientific instrument makers and would have been readily available to almost anyone. Obviously, at some point the butt resevior design came into being and seems to have completely predominated outside lock air guns starting sometime in the 1700s.
To tell if your lock design is unique, we'd have to have look inside and compare your design to those seen in Wolff's Air Gun Batteries.