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Photographs - GIANT Shotguns (Punt Guns), circa 1900
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Posted on 02/16/2013 7:29:35 AM PST by DogByte6RER

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A punt gun is a type of extremely large shotgun used in the 19th and early 20th centuries.

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A single shot could kill over 50 waterfowl resting on the water’s surface. The hunter would maneuver the entire boat in order to aim the gun.

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In the United States, this practice depleted stocks of wild waterfowl and by the 1860s most states had banned the practice.

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“Since Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee in 1897 there has been a punt gun salute every Coronation and Jubilee in Cowbit, Lincolnshire, England”

- Wikipedia


TOPICS: Arts/Photography; History; Hobbies; Miscellaneous; Outdoors; Society; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: 1900; 19thcentury; banglist; biggame; duckseason; gunsandammo; modernhistory; puntguns; readyaimfire; shotgun; shotguns
Rabbit Season, Duck season Pictures, Images and Photos
1 posted on 02/16/2013 7:29:41 AM PST by DogByte6RER
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More background ...

Punt guns:

http://iaaforum.org/forum3/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=2988

Wildfowlers bring out the big guns for celebration:

http://www.spaldingtoday.co.uk/news/features/wildfowlers-bring-out-the-big-guns-for-celebration-1-3916676


2 posted on 02/16/2013 7:32:02 AM PST by DogByte6RER ("Loose lips sink ships")
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To: DogByte6RER

Clever gif...: )


3 posted on 02/16/2013 7:34:39 AM PST by jsanders2001
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To: DogByte6RER

Some were used as anti-tank guns in the later part of The Great War (WWI)


4 posted on 02/16/2013 7:35:32 AM PST by SkyDancer (Live your life in such a way that the Westboro church will want to picket your funeral.)
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To: DogByte6RER
Heeeeeere y'GO
5 posted on 02/16/2013 7:38:06 AM PST by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true)
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To: DogByte6RER

There is a back country highway south of Salinas CA that has an 8 gauge shotgun hanging on the wall, the gal behind the counter says it prevents trouble, and then I asked her when was the last time she bought ammo for it, because from what I recall the last 8 gauge shells were sold around the 1920’s.

With the right loads and composite materials there could be a resurgence of punt guns to counter drones.


6 posted on 02/16/2013 7:38:50 AM PST by Eye of Unk
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To: DogByte6RER

"Forget the ducks, we shoulda been using those guns in Vietnam."
7 posted on 02/16/2013 7:42:24 AM PST by Rebelbase ( .223, .224, whatever it takes....)
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To: Slings and Arrows

ping


8 posted on 02/16/2013 7:42:42 AM PST by DogByte6RER ("Loose lips sink ships")
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To: DogByte6RER

That gif is SO stolen!


9 posted on 02/16/2013 7:44:38 AM PST by Yo-Yo
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To: DogByte6RER
To anyone interested in the practices and the era, I can highly recommend a trip to the Havre De Grace (MD) Decoy Museum.

It makes for a nice side trip from travels in the Baltimore/DC area, and while you're there you can also check out the Concord Point Lighthouse, one of the oldest lighthouses in continuous use on the east coast, situated right at the point where (based on salinity), the Susquehanna River technically turns into the Chesapeake Bay. Lots of good crab restaurants there too!

10 posted on 02/16/2013 7:47:58 AM PST by Joe 6-pack (Qui me amat, amat et canem meum.)
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To: DogByte6RER

These were also used on the Chesapeake Bay to provide the waterfowl for the resturants in NY and DC


11 posted on 02/16/2013 7:48:21 AM PST by Coastie (CPO retired)
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To: DogByte6RER
I needed one of those when my girls started dated.

/johnny

12 posted on 02/16/2013 7:49:54 AM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Eye of Unk

Well I don't know if a mag-fed 20mm could be called a punt gun, but I bet it could knock some things down:

Anzio Iron Works

13 posted on 02/16/2013 7:50:33 AM PST by Free Vulcan (Vote Republican! [You can vote Democrat when you're dead]...)
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To: DogByte6RER

Re the 1st image. Where the heck are they? Looks like DC.


14 posted on 02/16/2013 7:50:41 AM PST by South40
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To: DogByte6RER
And why did they want to kill all those waterfowl?

To make women's HATS!


15 posted on 02/16/2013 7:50:41 AM PST by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: DogByte6RER

Michener’s “Chesapeake” has a good section about punt gun hunting geese on the Bay.


16 posted on 02/16/2013 7:55:19 AM PST by BwanaNdege ("To learn who rules over you simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize"- Voltaire)
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To: Eye of Unk

I think they still make 8gauge shells.

They use them, or at least did use them, for breaking up balls of cement in the kilns.


17 posted on 02/16/2013 7:55:39 AM PST by IMR 4350
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To: DogByte6RER

Could there be anything left of the bird? Who would want to buy a bunch of feathers and gore?


18 posted on 02/16/2013 7:59:15 AM PST by DManA
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To: BwanaNdege
Michener’s “Chesapeake” has a good section about punt gun hunting geese on the Bay.

First thing I thought when I saw those pictures.

19 posted on 02/16/2013 8:00:34 AM PST by Starstruck
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To: IMR 4350

Yep, saw one at the backend of a cement kiln in Oklahoma. It was tripod mounted and impressive.


20 posted on 02/16/2013 8:47:18 AM PST by X-spurt (Republic of Texas, Come and Take It!)
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To: IMR 4350

Yep, saw one at the backend of a cement kiln in Oklahoma. It was tripod mounted and impressive.


21 posted on 02/16/2013 8:48:26 AM PST by X-spurt (Republic of Texas, Come and Take It!)
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To: smokingfrog


22 posted on 02/16/2013 8:58:02 AM PST by Ol' Dan Tucker (People should not be afraid of the government. Government should be afraid of the people)
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To: Free Vulcan
You want a REALLY big shotgun?

youtube: M1 Abrams -- XM1028 120mm Canister Tank Cartridge

23 posted on 02/16/2013 9:04:25 AM PST by PapaBear3625 (You don't notice it's a police state until the police come for you.)
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To: X-spurt

Friend of mine worked for a pipeline co. They had an 8 and a 10 they used for clearing tree limbs from power lines in remote locations.

Two lead balls connected together by a piece of cable.

3 inch limb wasn’t any problem.

That would cut a man right in half.


24 posted on 02/16/2013 9:31:27 AM PST by IMR 4350
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To: DogByte6RER

My grandfather born circa 1870-1876(No one was sure)told of using similar guns. The gun in question had about a two inch wide barrel and was planted in the ground pointing straight up as no one could put it to the shoulder. When the birds flew over the gun it was fired by a string. If my memory serves me well the gun helped eliminate the passenger pigeon.


25 posted on 02/16/2013 9:35:21 AM PST by AEMILIUS PAULUS (It is a shame that when these people give a riot)
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To: DogByte6RER

I remember seeing a brass 4 ga. shell when I was a kid in Upper Michigan, probably around 1955 or there abouts. 8’s were fairly common.


26 posted on 02/16/2013 9:44:29 AM PST by Big_Harry (Ecc10:2 "A wise man's heart is at his right hand; but a fool's heart at his left")
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To: BartMan1; Nailbiter

ping


27 posted on 02/16/2013 9:53:57 AM PST by IncPen (Read the Constitution.)
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To: DogByte6RER

28 posted on 02/16/2013 10:05:24 AM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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To: Eye of Unk

With the right loads and composite materials there could be a resurgence of punt guns to counter drones.

I’ve been thinking about counter-drones or rockets with nets. Drones aren’t very sturdy, and nylon net should foul the propeller(s) and bring one down like a brick. I figure $50 to knock out a $20,000 drone should even things up pretty quick!


29 posted on 02/16/2013 10:14:12 AM PST by The Antiyuppie ("When small men cast long shadows, then it is very late in the day.")
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To: IMR 4350

Jeeze, just wait until pipeline corporate lawyers hear about this.

Hearing this would sure give you a start sitting in a tree stand!


30 posted on 02/16/2013 10:36:01 AM PST by X-spurt (Republic of Texas, Come and Take It!)
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To: smokingfrog
I thought that might be a photoshop, so I googled it. It is real. If anyone wants to see that woman do a striptease circa 1901, chase the kids out of the room and click here.
31 posted on 02/16/2013 11:22:37 AM PST by UnwashedPeasant
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To: DogByte6RER

Where can I get a concealed-carry holster for one of those things?


32 posted on 02/16/2013 11:53:30 AM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: DogByte6RER; Slings and Arrows

Can I get a concealed carry permit for one of these?


33 posted on 02/16/2013 12:19:21 PM PST by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: DogByte6RER

** Punt Gun Bookmark! **


34 posted on 02/16/2013 12:57:24 PM PST by NonLinear (Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys.)
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To: smokingfrog

Them’s ostrich plumes.


35 posted on 02/16/2013 1:12:31 PM PST by gundog (Help us, Nairobi-Wan Kenobi...you're our only hope.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Oh boy, I can just hear it now...

“Is that a punt gun in your pocket or are you REALLY happy to see me?”


36 posted on 02/17/2013 8:26:21 AM PST by Have Ruck - Will Travel (Hmm, I wonder what would happen if I...)
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To: BwanaNdege

And that’s some good readin’, too. I hope I run into another copy on my used book forays...ready to read that again.


37 posted on 02/17/2013 8:35:08 AM PST by fattigermaster (When tigers hunt, the jackals profit...when tigers sleep, the jackals rule.)
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To: The Antiyuppie

I believe it would be easier to make a multi barrel cannon like the pipe organ launchers, either the projectile is fired by powder propellants of by propane. For a shotgun that is some schedule 80 pvc pipe could work with a slower burning powder or gas.
They have propane cannons to bring down snow in avalanche areas, the projectiles could indeed be nothing more complicated than shooting a pair of lead balls connected by steel cable of spectra line, multiple rounds in each barrel would send a wide pattern out to cripple a drone.

But a person would need some form of long range noise detection, like out of the pages of WW2 Britain? Large megaphones narrowing down to sensitive microphones?

I have seen plans of a huge air tank evolved from a large propane tank that fed a rotating gatling gun device but fired simple round .22 balls. Sort of a redneck close in ship defense gun that we see capable of downing missiles.

Or one could make it steam driven, Mythbusters essentially tried to build one based upon a Civil War legend or rumor, with some refinements it could be an outstanding anti-drone device. Maybe the cryogenic bullets could work...nothing to retrieve since they either melted or gassed off in flight after a certain distance.


38 posted on 02/17/2013 8:45:58 AM PST by Eye of Unk
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To: JoeProBono

I think that was the punt gun from Tremors 4?


39 posted on 02/17/2013 8:49:32 AM PST by Eye of Unk
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To: Have Ruck - Will Travel

Ummm...both of the above?


40 posted on 02/17/2013 10:07:07 AM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: DogByte6RER

41 posted on 02/22/2013 9:07:38 AM PST by al_c (http://www.blowoutcongress.com)
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