blunderbuss

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a short musket of wide bore with a flared muzzle

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Blunderbusses were really never intended to be anything but short-range arms.
As blunderbusses were highly popular as coach guns--defensive arms to ward off the unwanted attentions of 18th and early 19th century highwaymen--it is not unusual, especially in English guns, to see a coach's name stamped or engraved on the circular flat at the end of the muzzle.
Shipps" documents that blunderbusses were issued to naval vessels based on the number of cannon on board.
Writing to the Board of War, he stated "It appears to me that Light Blunderbusses on account of the quantity of shot they will carry will be preferable to Carbines, for Dragoons, as the Carbines only carry a single ball especially in case of close action.
Blunderbusses became the weapon of choice for ships' crews fighting pirates.
PRE-SALE estimates for the blunderbusses - part of a sale of antique arms and armour at Bonhams in Knightsbridge, London - ranged from pounds 1,500 to pounds 5,000.
So I drifted upstairs, past cases full of truly primitive weapons, including muskets, maces, clubs, polearms, blunderbusses, and God knows what.
But that's what happens to you when, coming out of a perfectly peaceful, idyllic day in the Hudson Valley, you elect to wander among guns, clubs, blunderbusses, and atomic bombs.
It comes seven years after a similar stunt was launched in the wake of the Dunblane shootings, resulting in 23,000 guns being handed in - mostly a motley mixture of blunderbusses, World War 2 revolvers and unwanted shotguns.
So why not join me in speculating on a few more inevitabilities destined to unfold, such as: Saddam's feared republican guard will again,in reality,be the Iraqiequivalent ofDad's Army armed with blunderbusses and riding in sputtering jalopies that would make Corporal Jones's butcher's van look like a Ferrari.
Included in the haul were 20 oil paintings by 19th Century English artists, some worth up to pounds 5,000 each, 119 flintlock pistols worth more than pounds 5,000, 14 Nazi dress daggers worth more than pounds 3,500, eight flintlock brass blunderbusses worth around pounds 2,000, 48 Victorian police truncheons worth pounds 4,000, and a collection of Japanese Netsukes figures which may fetch from pounds 500 each.
When you think about the significance of the Spaniards and Portuguese fighting pitched battles with blunderbusses to control our gold deposit in the 1500's, this chance to receive a nugget from our modern production feels like an opportunity to reach back and hold a piece of history.
It will be joined in the auction by a full suit of 16th century European field armour worth between pounds 18,000 and pounds 24,000, as well as 35 lots ranging from rapiers and broadswords to early flintlock pistols and blunderbusses.
As I step inside I can almost imagine the clientele discussing the day's catch of tigers over a pink gin at the end of a day's hunting, resting their blunderbusses by the crackling fire.
Sending our police into action against drug dealers with the existing drugs law is like sending troops into a modern battle with blunderbusses.