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 is easier to fill with shot in situations where this would normally be impossible, such as speeding down a bumpy trail on a stagecoach, standing on the deck of a ship or hanging from its rigging.
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.
This handsome non-firing replica percussion pistol features a real wood stock, engraved barrel and a unique pirate's head buttplate, in brass finish. 14.5" long. Ideal for antique gun fanciers, living history performers and ren faire pirates!
A blunderbuss can fire multiple balls simultaneously, generally discharging its entire load at once. This made the blunderbuss an ideal weapon for boarding ships or repelling boarders, making them popular with both merchant mariners defending their cargo, and the pirates intent on stealing them.