Duck's Feet, anyone?


August 20, 2009, 06:43 AM
Has anyone here ever shot one of these " duck's foot" pistols?

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August 20, 2009, 09:50 AM
Not since my days as a pirate.

August 20, 2009, 09:51 AM
I'm quite sure that any remaining specimens are housed in museums and are not shot.

August 20, 2009, 10:28 AM
It appears that the recoil might be substantial, with 8 barrels firing at once in what looks like .50 caliber. And the reloading might be slow in a muzzle loader with 8 barrels. I think you might use it when you are being rushed by a group of attackers, then throw it away after firing and draw your sword. Finding a holster might be difficult.

August 20, 2009, 10:57 AM
Wow! What a fun reproduction project that would be!

I'd think getting consistant ignition of the outer two...or four...or maybe six, barrels might be tricky.


August 20, 2009, 11:11 AM
There are 3 barrel duckfoot black powder pistols available from Dixie Gun Works. Never knew all barrels fired at according to legal definitions, a black powder machine gun (i.e. more than one shot fired with a single pull of the trigger)!

From their page:
"All barrels fire at the same time. Instructions for assembly and firing included. Skill level 1. One piece grips. Brass frame. Barrel is .36 caliber percussion, steel,white round. Features brass triggerguard, steel barrel block, and single trigger. Manufactured by Classic Arms/USA. THIS PRODUCT CANNOT BE SHIPPED TO NEW JERSEY OR CANADA."

August 20, 2009, 11:15 AM
Now, remember: you are responsible for the eventual destination of every bullet you launch...even if you're firing eight of them at once in wildy divergent directions! :D

I'd like to see someone set up a target array to try and get all shots on paper! That would be funny as all heck! 8 target stands spaced in an arc like 10 deg. apart from each other. Imagine trying to aim, er...point, them all at once! Yikes!


August 20, 2009, 02:05 PM
Not since my days as a pirate.


This thing may provide an answer to the "how to handle multiple assailants" threads that have been showing up in the forum.

The grip looks as deadly as the "bayonet" or spike or whatever it's called.

August 20, 2009, 04:20 PM
The Taurus Judge is designed to do the same thing: fire a few .36" round balls in a wide pattern.

August 20, 2009, 07:54 PM
The original idea for the duckfoot, as I understand it, was to be used to quell mutinies on ships. Apparently the thought was the crew would rush the officers all at once to overpower them. One shot would be able to hit several at once. True or not I have no idea.

It does seem to me that in the teasers for R. Lee's "Lock and Load" pistol show, they showed one of the three barrel ones being fired.

August 20, 2009, 08:14 PM
umm, yeah I need one of them

Jim K
August 20, 2009, 08:17 PM
IWB or belt holster?


August 20, 2009, 10:59 PM
mexican carry

August 20, 2009, 11:14 PM
That definitely looks ornamental more than functional. Or the ultimate Bug out weapon. lol

"remember to fire in bursts and don't let the barrel drift off target"

August 22, 2009, 10:40 AM
The gunny fired a three barreled one on the pistol episode of "Lock and Load".

August 22, 2009, 10:49 AM
Hmm..... can please somone build a repro
that fires... letīs say 9mm?

August 22, 2009, 04:40 PM
The explaination on "Lock n Load" was that if you were playing poker in a Wild West saloon and things got ugly you could pull out your pistol and shoot everyone at the table at once. It worked on watermelons.

August 22, 2009, 05:46 PM
The Taurus Judge is designed to do the same thing: fire a few .36" round balls in a wide pattern.

That's pretty dang funny too! :D

I'm not dogging Judges, I own two.

Which is exactly one too many...


August 22, 2009, 09:50 PM
Bet Johnny Depp has one...

August 24, 2009, 04:01 PM
More appropriate in the Black Powder section. Likely to run into someone who has a repro version there...

.38 Special
August 24, 2009, 09:11 PM
Duckfoot video! (

August 25, 2009, 12:46 AM

More info, and if you want to buy a kit...

August 26, 2009, 10:07 AM
My dad bought one of those duckfoot kits from Dixie and built it. We shot it a few times. It was fun, but yeah, it is inaccurate at best. but we did set up targets in a fan pattern, but there was no way you could possibly set them up to hit bullseyes all at the same time. There were no sights on the gun

August 26, 2009, 11:16 AM
I did build one as a young pup to carry as a unique blank reenacting gun in Texas Revolution but it was disappointing with balls. Other than a LOT of smoke & noise, it was incapable of hitting much over 15 feet away. I prefer my pepperbox & traded it off years ago.. It did draw a lot of attention as a reenacting piece though.... "DOC" Jim R

August 26, 2009, 12:50 PM
Speaking of the Dixie kits, has anyone built one of the pepper box kits? I wouldn't mind trying one.

August 26, 2009, 04:00 PM




August 26, 2009, 07:23 PM
I built a duckfoot kit back in the mid 70's. Don't recall what company sold it. Fired it 3 times, less than stellar accuracy. 3rd shot it came apart. Left me with the grip and frame. I still have spots of powder under the skin of my right hand.

August 27, 2009, 02:58 PM

Yep, Dad built on of them as well. He loved building BP weapons...

Never shot it though.

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