Haha, sorry guys, but I just had to title it that. :neener:
I LOVE pirates. I own the POTC movies and read tons of books on them. Recently I was reading about the weapons they would use in case of a mutiny -- namely a blunderbuss, a duck's foot, or a double-barrel smooth-bore pistol that they would load with shrapnel. Now this got me thinking...
Do you know where you can find any replica blunderbusses or duck's foot pistols? How about just a smooth-bore pistol? (I'd probably want it for recreational shooting as well as a wall-piece) Also, what are the safety measures on loading something up like that? (I'm guessing it's best to use bbs?) Anyway, fill me in!
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December 26, 2006, 08:42 PM
Might try http://www.davide-pedersoli.com/ or http://www.dixiegun.com/
December 26, 2006, 08:56 PM
LoyalistArms list several blunderbuss' for sell.
Here is a link to one of them: http://www.loyalistarms.freeservers.com/new_blunderbuss.htm
These are just too cool looking - I want one too! :D
December 28, 2006, 06:58 AM
Classic Arms makes a duckfoot pistol kit. They're notorious for poor fit and finish though, so be prepared to put in a lot of work making all the parts fit together. I've built a few of their guns back in the 80's/late 90's and they always disappointed me a bit. They're the only ones that I know of that make a duckfoot though.
December 28, 2006, 09:05 AM
Dixie gun works has a 12ga percussion pistol and short rifle.
One is called the Konig and the other is the Salsburg Boler.
They both look like blunderbusts and the rifle is ornate.
They were priced at about $500 each when last I looked.
December 28, 2006, 09:21 AM
The pistol is the KONIG LEOPOLD :D
dixie gunworks part # PS0571
12ga .730cal 90gr FFG 1oz of shot. gun weighs in at 6.25 lbs:eek:
The rifle is the SALZBURG BOLLER:D
dixie gunworks part # PS0580
12ga .730 cal 90gr FFG 1 1/8 of shot. gun weighs in at 11.25 lbs.:eek:
December 28, 2006, 11:28 AM
Are you thinking of the "Golden Age" of Piracy? If the era you're interested in is 1690-1800 or so, you're really looking at flintlocks. For entry-level flintlocks, I think the Indian-made guns from Loyalist Arms offer good values. They have a doglock musket that looks really nice, as well as a sea-service musket and a blunderbuss or two. The locks on these guns generally spark very well, and I have had great success with my 1777 musket. For more money, Pedersoli makes a 3rd model Bess that might pass for a Pirate musket of the early 1800's, but it is considerably more expensive than the Indian offerings. If you've got more than $1000 to burn, you might want to look into a custon offering. Check the "for sale" page at www.trackofthewolf.com for some very well made muskets, though suitable "Pirate" guns come up rarely.
December 28, 2006, 09:24 PM
Don't know if this 1777 is the same as vanfunk is talking about, but here's the listing.
December 29, 2006, 12:48 PM
Actually, my 1777 is a full-size replica of the French musket which served from the end of the American Revolution through Napoleon's reign. Is is pictured here:
Though I got the musket from Middlesex Village Trading and not from Military Heritage.
It has been a reliable performer and is accurate for a smoothbore. A 400 grain round ball in front of 90 grains of FFg sure does a number on whatever it hits!
December 29, 2006, 11:11 PM
January 2, 2007, 10:18 PM
Check out this link.
The 1756 Pattern English Sea Service Pistol is the one I'm looking at, $300.00