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500 year old Spanish matchlock?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by hillbilly, Apr 2, 2005.

  1. hillbilly

    hillbilly Well-Known Member

    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.

    Last edited: Jun 21, 2006
  2. hillbilly

    hillbilly Well-Known Member

    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.
    Last edited: Jun 21, 2006
  3. RON in PA

    RON in PA Well-Known Member

    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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