The pan is forged with the barrel as well as the rear sight. I would think this would be difficult to do. But every Torador barrel I've seen is made in this manner.
The serpentine (match holder) and trigger mechanism is very simple. A slotted hole is bored through the stock and allows the serpentine portion to be mounted a single pin.
Barrels were held to the stock with bands made of brass, iron, wire, and even rattan (rope). LOL A combination of what was available and the builder's technique.
Here is a good, short introduction to these guns, per Pukka's mention above:
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You'll note that they still kept using swords and daggers, just sayin'.....I wonder if these awkward guns were more for show than anything; one shot and draw your blade!I have another question that isn't related to the design of the gun. Expanding on the end of your post, does anyone know how these were employed in battle? Were Indian gun armed soldiers in their own units and firing by rank? I have fairly limited knowledge on pre English Indian history, but I have seen mention that sword and shield armed troops existed through the 19th century, so I assume there was some sort of mixed infantry combat? I do not know how many Indian members we have, but there were an impressive amount of area participation in the Ottoman thread.
Matt Easton has recently released several videos on Indian sword fighting and 19th century Indian sword and shield vs English sword. May be of interest to some people here.