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HISTORY: A blunderbuss is a muzzle-loading firearm with a flared, trumpet-like barrel--the early predecessor to a shotgun.  The funnel-shaped barrel (either round or elliptical) was not designed to enhance the ballistics of the weapon, but for easier  loading of ammunition into the muzzle. A blunderbuss was easier to fill with shot in situations where this would normally be impossible, such as riding on a stagecoach speeding down a bumpy road, or standing on the deck or hanging from the rigging of a ship. 

While there is no physical reason a blunderbuss cannot fire projectiles such as gravel or nails instead of lead shot (as is often claimed) this would be a foolhardy action as it would ruin the barrel. Blunderbusses were often sold with gang-molds by their manufacturers, allowing a user to make his own shot in the field.

A blunderbuss can fire multiple balls simultaneously, generally discharging its entire load at once. This made the blunderbuss an ideal weapon for boarding ships, making them popular with merchant mariners defending their cargo, or pirates intent on stealing them.
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This historically authentic, non-firing replica of a British Blunderbuss pistol--available in brass or pewter finish--is a great choice for antique gun fanciers, living history and theatrical performers.
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British Blunderbuss Flintlock Pistol, Brass Finish
#22-1219L Brass Finish
British Blunderbuss Flintlock Pistol, Pewter Finish
#22-1219G Grey Finish
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