The blunderbuss was a popular weapon for close-quarter fighting aboard ships--particularly when forcefully boarding another. Not only were they quicker and easier to load on the moving deck of a ship with their wide, funnel-like barrels, they were designed to hold two or three balls, which could all be fired at once to deadly effect. Given the lengthy loading process for a flintlock weapon, any refinement that speeded up the process presented a formidable advantage in the heat of a seagoing battle. In addtion, the heavy stock and barrel could be used as a club if there was no time to re-load.
Swashbuckling ren-faire pirates and other costume performers will love the authentic details and the jolly roger emblem decorating the stock of our gunmetal grey-finish non-firing replica. It's a great choice for collectors, too! An original 18th century blunderbuss sells for $4,000 or more, and you can add this accurately detailed replica to your collection for a tiny fraction of that!