500 year old Spanish matchlock?


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hillbilly
April 2, 2005, 03:13 PM
A local gunsmith and FFL recently got a bunch of old, weird guns from an estate settlement auction.

Included was something that was described to him as a "punt gun."

Only when he went to pick it up, it wasn't a "punt gun."

He's had it checked out by a National Parks Service guy, who's best guess was that it's a "wall gun" used over the wall of a fortification, probably of Spanish manufacture, and probably dating from around the time of Columbus.

The thing is over 8-feet long. The muzzle is slightly more than an inch.

Here's a pic of it on a railroad tie in front of the smith's shop.

hillbilly

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hillbilly
April 2, 2005, 03:36 PM
Here's a close up of the lock mechanism, the pistol grip (500 year old Assault Weapon???) and yes, the mechanism still works.

You can see the hole where a rivet used to hold the powder pan on, and next to that is a flash hole.

RON in PA
April 2, 2005, 03:42 PM
It probably is what the Park Service guy said, but it most likely dates from a later time. Matchlocks were used well into the late 1600s and even very early 1700s. That's contempory with flintlocks. It was a function of military conservatism and economics. Wall guns were stocked like regular muskets. You might say they were the .50 cal. rifles of their day.

Moderator: you might consider moving this to the Blackpowder section.

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