Lewis and Clark carried the Girandoni across what would become America during their expedition and their journals state that of all they had with them the Girandoni was what both impressed natives they met along the way and convinced those same natives not to fool around with these strangers.
The natives witnessed a single man stand deliver killing firepower round after round after round without having to reload. More than anything else this demonstration of superior firepower convinced them to leave the expedition be. No profit in going after these men and their repeating rifle. And no way to overcome that kind of firepower. Peace, through superior firepower. Reminds me of Thomas Paine; "...Arms like laws discourage and keep the invader and the plunderer in awe, and preserve order in the world as well as property. The balance of power is the scale of peace."
Lewis and Clark passed without incident in large part due to simply demonstrating the Girandoni.
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Why didn’t the US Army develop this weapon to deliver more firepower in the War of 1812, Mexican-American, and Civil War?
According to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Sherlock Holmes only feared one thing, “air rifles”.
This gives the lie to the gun grabbers’ silly idea that the framers of the 2d Amendment didn’t even contemplate modern high capacity repeating rifles.
And when you’re all done shoot’n it doubles as a baseball bat.
I am simply amazed, the concept is so simple, but I couldn’t have come up with this myself. 800 PSI, wow. I did not know this, thank you for the information!
Might be an Urban Legend, But I think I read somewhere that Napoleon feared the air rifles and ordered the execution of any soldier caught with one as it was considered “sneaky” (or the French equivalent).
I’ve read Steven Ambrose’s “Undaunted Courage” about the Lewis and Clark expedition, and I can’t remember him mentioning this gun. I’ll have to find the book and see if I can find a reference to this gun.