Link to another very interesting, even astonishing air rifle used by Lewis on the Lewis and Clark expedition. Long, detailed history and description and pics. Twenty-two large caliber rounds.
Obviously there was no powder to keep dry.
Jonathan Browning, John’s Father developed a five or six shot percussion rifle. It was basically a flat bar of steel with six holes drilled all the way through.
Each hole contained a complete charge of powder ball and nipple for the cap. The bar fit in a slot through the barrel.
I can’t remember how each shot was advanced but it was probably done by means of cocking the hammer. Really pretty ingenious and the apple didn’t fall far from the tree with John.
Now that I think about it, it might have been flintlock.
Wow, is it well-made, especially considering the era. I wonder if it actually COST $15,000 in the equivalent dollar of the time.
Great find, thanks!