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Feltwad 
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07-11-18 07:33 AM - Post#1693291    


Enclosed is a couple of images that shows a gun which has another use .It is what is called a walking stick percussion smoothbore gun in small calibre and used by Victorian collectors of small birds and animals what we know has a taxidermist.

These collectors needed a small bore gun that would kill a small bird but not blow it to bits so this is how they came to be made. This type of gun was also used has a walking stick and was later carried through to the breech loading period and made in larger bore sizes
Feltwad





Edited by Feltwad on 07-11-18 07:40 AM. Reason for edit: No reason given.

 
Rifleman1776 
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Rifleman1776
07-11-18 08:52 AM - Post#1693301    

    In response to Feltwad

You have more neat stuff. Keep them coming. BTW, I want one.

 
RJDH 
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07-11-18 10:16 AM - Post#1693313    

    In response to Feltwad

Very nice example of a "Naturalist's cane " Feltwad!!

Lovely!

 
juice jaws 
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juice jaws
07-11-18 10:36 AM - Post#1693314    

    In response to Feltwad

Very nice, where do you find this stuff?

 
DickS 
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07-11-18 12:42 PM - Post#1693328    

    In response to Feltwad

Is that one a Day's pattern?

 
Feltwad 
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07-11-18 01:40 PM - Post#1693330    

    In response to DickS

  • DickS Said:
Is that one a Day's pattern?


No you will find that Days patent is more like a walking stick with a horn handle or crook some are of a hardwood such has ebony.
Feltwad

 
nhmoose 
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nhmoose
07-11-18 06:16 PM - Post#1693347    

    In response to Feltwad

Hope they checked the muzzle for mud before firing. Nice example! Thanks for the pic.

 
DickS 
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07-11-18 07:34 PM - Post#1693354    

    In response to Feltwad

Many years ago, a friend found a Day's Patent cane gun in a barrel is a thrift shop. Pop out trigger was broken off. Made a replacement, was amazed when the new trigger worked properly.

 
Artificer 
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07-11-18 07:39 PM - Post#1693355    

    In response to Feltwad

Very interesting piece!

I imagine they put some kind of Tompion in the muzzle when walking with it?

When you mention small bore is it something like 28 or 32 bore, or even smaller than that?

Gus

 
DickS 
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07-11-18 09:42 PM - Post#1693362    

    In response to Artificer

Is it possible the tompion would have incorporated the ramrod?

 
Artificer 
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07-12-18 03:23 AM - Post#1693375    

    In response to DickS

  • DickS Said:
Is it possible the tompion would have incorporated the ramrod?



It certainly could have, though I don't know enough about these guns to say that is the way they did it?

Gus

 
Feltwad 
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07-12-18 10:53 AM - Post#1693427    

    In response to DickS

  • DickS Said:
Is it possible the tompion would have incorporated the ramrod?


The hard wood plug with a steel tip is held in the barrel muzzle by a V spring of 3 inches long . The end of this spring which is angled so it slides into the muzzle ,has for a ramrod attachment to the plug I have never come across one so I think this would be carried separate.
Feltwad

 
nhmoose 
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nhmoose
07-12-18 02:14 PM - Post#1693459    

    In response to Feltwad

Thanks Feltwad!! I knew they had something but knew a crutch tip was not it.

 
Colorado Clyde 
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Colorado Clyde
07-12-18 02:28 PM - Post#1693466    

    In response to Feltwad

Excellent!.....


 
DickS 
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07-12-18 03:45 PM - Post#1693473    

    In response to Colorado Clyde

Not firearm, but I have an air cane. Faux cane finish, missing the hand knob. And the pump. Made a little key to cock the action; button trigger pops out when the action is cocked. Haven't tested the reservoir to see if it will hold a charge of compressed air.

 
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