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a short musket of wide bore with a flared muzzle

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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." The Board disagreed, and the carbine remained.
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.
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.
Sending our police into action against drug dealers with the existing drugs law is like sending troops into a modern battle with blunderbusses.
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.
Despite the illustration in your third-grade "Spirit of America" workbook, Pilgrims did not carry blunderbusses. It was simply not an arm of the wilderness, either for defense or hunting.
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.
Though the round bell was the most usual, blunderbusses with elliptical barrels were not uncommon, especially in France.
Speaking of pistols, even in Europe, blunderbusses were not limited to shoulder arms.
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.