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Old 7th July 2015, 03:36 PM   #1
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Default Ottoman blunderbuss, size

Hi all,
A last post, just a personal opinion, for me an Ottoman blunderbuss is just a long pistol. Have a look at these Algerian & Moroccan pistols exactly the size of an Ottoman blunderbuss...
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Old 7th July 2015, 04:54 PM   #2
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Nice piece(s).That's why they are referred to as "knee pistols". Although, fired from the hip, not knee.

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Old 7th July 2015, 05:17 PM   #3
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and here a nice Ottoman knee pistol out of my collection. Interesting is the sensless signature on the lockplate
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Old 12th July 2015, 08:47 PM   #4
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Hi Kubur.
Not shure where the term "knee" pistol came from. But that's probably as good a description as any, even if not completely accurate.
This style of pistol with the short rifle style butt seemed to be popular only in the Ottoman Empire. With pre-formed combustable cartridges with buck shot, it would be fast to reload - especially from horseback. Would be a great close quarters weapon.

Corrado26: That is a beauty!!!! And in fantastic condition. Super nice!!

Here is a pic of one from my collection. And note the last pic of the guy sitting in the middle hlding one.
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Old 12th July 2015, 09:08 PM   #5
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Pasha Rick, as always with the Ottoman stuff, you have dispensed with the "kneedless" misnomer and put things right, IMHO. You say pistol and that is exactly what it is, a pistol, weird to be sure, but a pistol. I think horseback and/or canoe, according to a few images I have come across. Just sayin'

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