90 Miles From Tyranny : The Amazing Punt Gun...

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

The Amazing Punt Gun...

This punt gun was capable of discharging over a pound of shot at a time and could kill over 50 birds. This had a great negative effect on the birds and by the 1860s, it was banned in most states.

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  1. That looks like one of a number of state capitol buildings. Try carrying a huge crew served shotgun to one today :)

  2. I don't think many punt guns were fired from the shoulder. And those that were, were only fired once that way. Do the math on recoil characteristics of firing a pound of shot behind a huge pile of black powder and you'll figger out why.

    They're called "punt guns" because they were directly mounted to small boats, called "punts", hence the name. You laid down in the boat to minimize your profile and used small paddles to get close enough to let loose.