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The .46 Caliber Semi-Automatic Rifle That Changed the World
The American Thinker ^ | Jan 27, 2013 | Michael Geer

Posted on 01/27/2013 1:35:54 PM PST by EXCH54FE

Behold the Girandoni air rifle, a 20 round high capacity tubular magazine and air reservoir which fired at roughly the same velocity as a modern .45 ACP. It can punch straight through a 2x4 at 100 yards.

Invented by Tyrollean Bartholomaus Girandoni around 1779, this revolutionary rifle is four feet long and weighs a manly 10 pounds. It's semi-automatic rate of fire and, for the period, its immense firepower reserve made it a fearsome thing to contemplate in battle. No appreciable bang, no smoke and at least 20 rounds before its punch began to diminish.

(Excerpt) Read more at americanthinker.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: airrifle; banglist

1 posted on 01/27/2013 1:36:02 PM PST by EXCH54FE
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To: EXCH54FE

There’s a lesson here for Congress, especially the Left and most certainly the current Administration. Take away our guns and we will invent things more lethal, more usable, and more readily at hand than mere gunpowder weapons. Force our hand and you will ignite the illimitable reservoirs of creativity we possess in reserve. Bring your heavy boots to bear on our Unalienable Rights to keep and bear arms and we will prevail simply by virtue of need overcoming tyranny.

MOLON LABE


2 posted on 01/27/2013 1:37:28 PM PST by EXCH54FE (Hurricane 416)
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To: EXCH54FE

rules!


3 posted on 01/27/2013 1:42:04 PM PST by bmwcyle (People who do not study history are destine to believe really ignorant statements.)
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To: EXCH54FE

I own guns that old but never heard of that one


4 posted on 01/27/2013 1:45:20 PM PST by wardaddy (wanna know how my kin felt during Reconstruction in Mississippi, you fixin to find out firsthand)
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To: EXCH54FE
Interesting article except for the author's error here: "Like when single shot cap and ball ran headlong into a repeating rifle that used air."

That should read "...when single shot flintlock..."

The percussion cap was invented in the early 19th Century; there were no caplock rifles in the 1700s and Lewis and Clark carried flintlocks too.

5 posted on 01/27/2013 1:46:33 PM PST by Inyo-Mono (My greatest fear is that when I'm gone my wife will sell my guns for what I told her I paid for them)
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To: EXCH54FE

Take a high end paintball gun and replace the paintball pellets with ball bearings and you have a pretty wicked close range weapon, wherein after the battle you can recover most of your rounds.


6 posted on 01/27/2013 1:49:42 PM PST by Boiler Plate ("Why be difficult, when with just a little more work, you can be impossible" Mom)
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To: EXCH54FE

I think there is one of these in the Henry Ford Museum. (Not sure, as it was over 45 years ago since I was there.)


7 posted on 01/27/2013 1:50:20 PM PST by Slump Tester (What if I'm pregnant Teddy? Errr-ahh -Calm down Mary Jo, we'll cross that bridge when we come to it)
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To: EXCH54FE

Another lesson was that Lewis and Clark were able to secure peaceful passage by demonstrating superior firepower.


8 posted on 01/27/2013 1:51:52 PM PST by Blood of Tyrants (There is no requirement to show need in order to exercise your rights.)
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To: Boiler Plate

and if a paint gun is not handy, the battery powered nailer machine can do a job at close range at the bad guy’s face.


9 posted on 01/27/2013 1:57:08 PM PST by entropy12 (The republic is doomed when people figure out they can get free stuff by voting democrats)
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To: EXCH54FE; CrazyIvan

Forcing the Germans to keep any weapons they invented below 90 mm in diameter after WWI sure worked out well.


10 posted on 01/27/2013 2:00:08 PM PST by Hardastarboard (The Liberal ruling class hates me. The feeling is mutual.)
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To: Hardastarboard
Wish I had a copy of the Bill Maulden cartoon with Willy and Joe outside the Interrogation tent. “OK, I'll tell ya’ if we find the one that invented the 88”
11 posted on 01/27/2013 2:06:24 PM PST by CrazyIvan (Obama's birth certificate was found stapled to Soros's receipt.)
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To: Inyo-Mono

You are correct. The percussion cap was developed in 1805. The Lewis and Clark expedition started in 1804.


12 posted on 01/27/2013 2:12:49 PM PST by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: EXCH54FE
Index fingers used appropriately, will kill a person. Outlaw index fingers. Free surgery for their removal.

Also, if surgery removed both thumbs, dangerous weapons couldn't be picked up and used very well. Free surgery for thumbs removed.

13 posted on 01/27/2013 2:16:50 PM PST by Marcella (Prepping can save your life today. Going Galt is freedom.)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

The Girondani rifle was expensive beyond what any militia member could have afforded and technically very tricky for its time and could not have been maintained by people living outside of urban areas. Given that, it was a more potent weapon than anything prior to the Henry rifles.


14 posted on 01/27/2013 2:18:27 PM PST by varmintman
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To: EXCH54FE

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=-pqFyKh-rUI#!


15 posted on 01/27/2013 2:18:48 PM PST by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: EXCH54FE

You can buy a fully automatic air machine gun off the shelf today. 9mm bullets and I think .45.


16 posted on 01/27/2013 2:18:55 PM PST by ModelBreaker
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To: Jack Hydrazine

And don’t forget all the anti-2nd gun grabbers who argue that our founders couldn’t have conceived of rapid fire weapons at that time. I once read that Jefferson was well aware of this weapon.


17 posted on 01/27/2013 2:20:26 PM PST by Inyo-Mono (My greatest fear is that when I'm gone my wife will sell my guns for what I told her I paid for them)
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To: Inyo-Mono; EXCH54FE
The percussion cap was invented in the early 19th Century; there were no caplock rifles in the 1700s and Lewis and Clark carried flintlocks too.

The invention that made the percussion cap possible using the recently discovered fulminates was patented by the Rev. Alexander John Forsyth of Belhelvie, Aberdeenshire, Scotland in 1807.
wiki

The Vicker was a fowler.


18 posted on 01/27/2013 2:22:06 PM PST by Uri’el-2012 (Psalm 119:174 I long for Your salvation, YHvH, Your teaching is my delight.)
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To: ModelBreaker

This would be fun:
http://www.buffaloarms.com/Products.aspx?CAT=4608


19 posted on 01/27/2013 2:22:28 PM PST by Inyo-Mono (My greatest fear is that when I'm gone my wife will sell my guns for what I told her I paid for them)
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To: varmintman

Seems I remember reading that the Brits would

execute any Americans caught with this weapon

Thought it was an unsportsman weapon I guess


20 posted on 01/27/2013 2:27:46 PM PST by Harold Shea (RVN `70 - `71)
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To: wardaddy

Ever seen a .338 Lapua Magnum? Guy had one at the range today. The rifle looked like a .50cal, which aren’t allowed at our county range. The cartridge is huge.


21 posted on 01/27/2013 2:32:14 PM PST by RightFighter (It was all for nothing.)
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To: UriÂ’el-2012
Vicker ==> Vicar

22 posted on 01/27/2013 2:42:24 PM PST by Uri’el-2012 (Psalm 119:174 I long for Your salvation, YHvH, Your teaching is my delight.)
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To: ModelBreaker

Any idea where?


23 posted on 01/27/2013 3:23:11 PM PST by muir_redwoods (Don't fire until you see the blue of their helmets)
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To: Harold Shea

It was said Napoleon issued orders to execute anyone captured with an air gun.


24 posted on 01/27/2013 3:24:38 PM PST by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Click my name! See new paintings!)
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To: EXCH54FE

“A longer barrel in a pneumatic gun increases velocity (to a point), and higher air pressure also increases velocity (to a point). As those points are approached, the gains from longer barrels and higher pressures have diminishing returns, so designers must balance that against making a gun too long or using pressures too high for safe and convenient operation.”


25 posted on 01/27/2013 3:46:10 PM PST by yefragetuwrabrumuy (Best WoT news at rantburg.com)
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To: muir_redwoods

I think the company is Evanix. I know they make .177 selectable semi-full automatic. Somewhere I have the catalogue. There is another manufacturer that makes the 9’s and 45’s. Check out Evanix.com.

45 joules energy with .177. Pretty spiffy.


26 posted on 01/27/2013 3:46:59 PM PST by ModelBreaker
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To: muir_redwoods

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AUYoAY6AQGQ


27 posted on 01/27/2013 3:49:13 PM PST by ModelBreaker
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To: EXCH54FE

I don’t care what it costs, I WANT one of these! 1.25” steel balls with the same muzzle energy as a 30-06! Full auto and Johnny Fed don’t have to know squat about it. This is wicked.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xozb9Hui60M


28 posted on 01/27/2013 4:03:00 PM PST by 762X51
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To: Jack Hydrazine

A very good video except near the end when the speaker says that Lewis and Clark went all the way to the headwaters of the Potomac in the Cascades.


29 posted on 01/27/2013 4:04:03 PM PST by Rebelbase ( .223, .224, whatever it takes....)
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To: Rebelbase

Didn’t you know that the Potomac is a very loooooooooooooong river helping the District of Criminals to micromanage American’s lives ever more so every day?


30 posted on 01/27/2013 4:36:39 PM PST by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: RightFighter

The Sako TRG always interested me

Similar range to the BMG but lots less weight

I have a Ruger number one in 338 win mag


31 posted on 01/27/2013 5:03:11 PM PST by wardaddy (wanna know how my kin felt during Reconstruction in Mississippi, you fixin to find out firsthand)
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To: EXCH54FE

I’ve just got 2 new .223 AR-15s, and I enjoyed taking them out to the range last weekend. However, because I have only 5 acres and I live in an outer ring suburb, local ordinance prohibits target shooting on my property with a firearm.
Would anyone have a recommendation for an air-gun that might give me a similar feel to my ARs? That way, I could get some practice between range outings.


32 posted on 01/27/2013 5:07:44 PM PST by grumpygresh (Democrats delenda est.)
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To: muir_redwoods

http://www.pyramydair.com/s/m/Evanix_Conquest_9mm_Air_Rifle/2749

Seven shot semi automatic 9mm.


33 posted on 01/27/2013 6:17:43 PM PST by ModelBreaker
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