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PostPosted: Mon Sep 14, 2015 4:00 am 
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I just picked this up at a estate sale and I am looking for information on it. It is possible the gun is only old in part, the stock I think could be of new manufacture and the barrel could be old, but this is what I am ask your opinion on I hope you can help me out. It has a OAL of 68 1/2 inches, barrel length
49 inches. caliber is 75 to 80. Any information would be most appreciated.


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 14, 2015 4:02 am 
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Here are three more pictures.


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 15, 2015 10:51 pm 
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Congratulations - very nice torador. The length and caliber probably place this in the category of a so-called "wall gun". I agree that the wood appears to be a fairly recent replacement. Sorry I can't be of any help on the inscription.
Thanks for sharing your new acquisition with us.Image

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 16, 2015 1:33 am 
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Thanks Berkley I was kind of thinking in that line of a wall gun but for me this is really out there for any gun I have own up to this time in my life.
Its is a very fun thing almost everything is there and the lock even works, my grandchildren are home schooled and I am teaching history to one of them.
I try to show them various weapon from time to time and this will fit right in. Do you know of anyone who could help me with the translation of the scriped
on the barrel?


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 16, 2015 2:50 am 
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I imagine our resident linguist Beoram might be able to shed some light on it. I'll send him a note asking him to look in on this thread.

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 16, 2015 3:05 am 
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Thanks again for your effort, I have also thought of the possibility my gun could possibly be a punt gun for shooting ducks at water level but I do like
the sound of wall gun, what ever it is its cool and will look good on my wall. Berkley you are appreciated!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 16, 2015 3:28 am 
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I suppose one of these could be used as a punt gun, although the idea of sneaking up on a flock of wary waterfowl while lying on one's back in the bottom of a small boat and holding a loaded matchlock paints an interesting picture. :o More likely to find it perched on the rampart of a fort to repel attacking troops.
Here's an assortment of Indian matchlocks from Stone's Glossary of Arms and Armor.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 16, 2015 4:51 am 
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How COOL thanks much, my gun needs a little work it does not have a pan cover and there are a number of cracks in the stock, fortunately I have a
friend who does excellent repairs on old guns. Thanks again!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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