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Blunderbuss - Indian, circa 1800-1859
Copyright Museums Victoria / CC BY (Licensed as Attribution 4.0 International)
Photographer: Benjamin Healley
Museums Victoria
https://collections.museumvictoria.com.au/items/400998


A interesting weapon & the quality of these photos is amazing so couldn't resist posting them

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The blunderbuss is a firearm with a short, large caliber barrel, which is flared at the muzzle and frequently throughout the entire bore, and used with shot and other projectiles of relevant quantity and/or caliber. The blunderbuss is commonly considered to be an early predecessor of the modern shotgun, with similar military and defensive use. It was effective only at short range, lacking accuracy at long range. A blunderbuss in handgun form was called a dragon, and it is from this that the term dragoon evolved.

The term "blunderbuss" is of Dutch origin, from the Dutch word donderbus, which is a combination of donder, meaning "thunder", and bus, meaning "Pipe"

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blunderbuss
 
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