PIRATE FLINTLOCK BLUNDERBUSS by DENIX
This rugged Pirate's Flintlock Blunderbuss features real wood stock adorned with skull and crossbones, simulated antique gray finish, and flared barrel. Measuring 12 " in overall length with a weight of 1.5 lbs., these deluxe non-firing models have been faithfully reproduced in weight, feel and handling characteristic of the rare and expensive originals. And the action works! Cock the hammer and pull the trigger. Comes fully assembled and ready for display in your home or office.
Note: You must 18 years of age or older to purchase this pistol. These handsome collector model guns are made of antique finished zinc cast metal and polished European hardwood. The screw heads are molded into the metal and cannot be removed. These models cannot withstand misuse or excessive dry-firing. Cannot be made to fire real ammunition.
FLINTLOCK BLUNDERBUSS - THE PIRATE'S FAVORITE WEAPON
A blunderbuss is a muzzle-loading firearm with a flared, trumpet-like barrel and is the predecessor to the shotgun. Most of these weapons are mid-sized, being smaller than most shoulder-fired arms, but larger than a pistol. Although fitted with a butt, the dimensions suggest that most were not really intended to be fired from the shoulder and were instead fired from the hip. The compact dimensions of a blunderbuss would facilitate use in small spaces (e.g. on a ship, or in a house) and would also make storage easier. For those requiring an even smaller weapon, blunderbuss pistols were also produced.
The funnel-shaped barrel (either round or elliptical) is not designed to enhance the ballistics of the weapon, but serves to facilitate loading ammunition into the muzzle. This makes it much easier to refill a blunderbuss with shot in situations where this would not normally be possible (as when riding shotgun on a stagecoach speeding down a bumpy road or on the decks & riggings of a ship). While there is no physical reason that 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 result in the barrel's ruin. Blunderbusses were often supplied with gang-moulds by their manufacturers, allowing the user to make his own shot in the field.
A blunderbuss can fire multiple balls simultaneously, and generally discharges its entire load at once. This made the blunderbuss the ideal weapon for boarding ships.