Didn’t the Lewis and Clark expedition take along a pellet gun?
It was actually much more powerful. Capable of killing medium sized game.
So I read. One time there was a malfunction. The attacking Indians knew that it took time to pour in the gunpowder, etc. Well what had happened was the rifle shot out five or six rounds rapid fire and the Indians did a Huh-Wa and ran off. I believe the pellet rifle was Austrian and could kill at 200yds.
PS - The Girandoni Air Rifle was an airgun designed by Tyrolian inventor Bartholomäus Girandoni circa 1779. The weapon was also known as the Windbüchse (”wind rifle” in German). One of the rifle’s more famous associations is its purported use on the Lewis and Clark Expedition to explore and map the western part of North America in the early 1800s.
Yes, they did.