The Lewis And Clark Air Rifle

A friend of mine directed me to this video by the National Firearms Museum. This video explains how an air rifle carried on the Lewis & Clark expeditions was part of the crews “parlor trick” ¬†introduction when encountering tribes of indians. The Girandoni¬†repeating air rifle holds 26 .43 caliber round balls, is capable of punching a hole through a 1 inch thick pine board at 100 yards, and will can fire about 40 times before loosing muzzle¬†velocity.

Where are the modern versions of this gun? Think of the money you’d save on ammo.

 

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