Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: St. Louis, MO area.
Were damascus barrels "the norm" for Ottoman shoulder weapons as a whole? I would suspect that they were actually the minority back in their working lives, since their cost made them unaffordable for the back-country hunters or the masses of rank and file troops alike. We see so many of them now because they were the ones that were saved rather than scrapped because of their outstanding appearance.
Good point Philip. I never thought about it that way. Makes sense. Thanks.