whaling gun

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a gun (or device resembling a gun) for discharging a projectile (especially a harpoon) at a whale

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After opening his own shop, he made whaling guns and designed an exploding bullet for them.
They were hunted out of fear and the need to protect life and property, for sport, for power, and for target practice." The historical significance of new weapons in the relentless slaughter is also well documented: "As adaptable as grizzlies are, their defenses did not increase as new weapons were developed for use against them--strychnine, whaling guns, pendulum traps, liquor-laced bait (and finally) when the powerful breechloading 'bone-smasher' rifles were invented, the contest was over."