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Old 2nd March 2012, 04:58 PM   #1
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Default A Portuguese blunderbuss

Not a setup made of components from various origins, which often happens(over here), but an actual "born" blunderbuss example from the 18th. century; a luxury one, by the way.
A most unusual fine detail is the engraving inside the muzzle.
The heart shaped hole in the belt hook is also a nice romantic touch.
The lock style is called here half Portuguese & half French ... the late due to the internal spring action; although only with one position, that of full cock. The half cock postion is done with a hand moving pawl, which is considered one of the safest mechanisms for such purpose.
Original ramrod. Length of barrel 44 cms (17,3"). Total weight 3,070 Kgs. ( 6,8 oz.).

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