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n the flintlock era, many a ship's captain may have kept his confidence
high with his trusty duckfoot pistol.
Our example, a four-barreled, .44-caliber piece loaned to us by djt, was made
by the Archer family of gunmakers in London. The principle behind the duckfoot
was simple-the four barrels were intended to fire simultaneously, sending their projectiles
outward at slightly diverging angles. At close range, perhaps on a swaying deck, an unruly
mob could be held back with just the threat of the quadruple muzzles.
The nra National Firearms Museum at nra Headquarters in Fairfax, Va.; the
nra National Sporting Arms Museum at Bass Pro Shops in Springfield, Mo.; and the
Frank Brownell Museum of the Southwest at the nra Whittington Center in Raton, n.m.;
each have fine selections of historic arms on display. Admission to each is free, and
donations are gratefully accepted. For more information, visit www.nramuseums.com,
phone (703) 267-1600 or email nfmstaff@nrahq.org.
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