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    Posted 11 years ago

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    Hence my "tag"or name. Larger is dutch naval & shorter is Eng. "coach". Can be wrist breakers with a heavy load! Not exactly target guns, but I have noticed that the target is always gone afterwards. At the muzzle, these things are about 2".

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    1. jimborasco jimborasco, 11 years ago
      They are beautiful. Jimbo
    2. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 11 years ago
      Merci, Jimbo. Love them & we have a lot of fun with the "wrist-breakers". We have to shoot on the French side because of archaic laws on the dutch side.
    3. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 10 years ago
      Thanks Hardbrake. We just became a new country. I'm thinking of coming up with a cartoon pic. of us old codgers with these & labeling it "St. Maarten Defense Force".
      Have no sense of humour & you have nothing.
    4. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 10 years ago
      At 1K yrds I can duck when I see the flash & U don't even have to duck.
      The food in Grand Case is really great the times I have gone to restaurants but I like to cook so didn't often. Typical Fr. gourmet meal (nibble before U go & have snacks at home for later). Don't know how they can cut meat so thin. Here again, it depends on where U go & U have to know in advance where to go.
    5. zguy2112 zguy2112, 10 years ago
      Yeah, these guns are GREAT! You can fire ANYTHING out of them! If I had these, I would be using whatever I could get my hands on for ammo, even baseballs! Great find! Enjoy!!
    6. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 10 years ago
      Zguy, baseballs r a bit big. I use 18 .32 cal balls with 120 grs of blk pdr behind it. That gives a serious kick & will more than tear-down a well built door.
      The coach-gun I tried that load in & almost ripped my thumb off. Decided to reduce that load to 12 .32 cal balls( oo buck-shot) with 90 grs pdr. Still not pleasant to shoot. Must have been for real emergencies!
    7. Yuko Yuko, 10 years ago
      These weapons are lovely and in very good condition.
      Here in Chile is very rare to see one in a museum.
      The objects in your collection are wonderful.
      Thank you for sharing.
    8. zguy2112 zguy2112, 10 years ago
      bluderbuss2, these are NOT pleasant to fire! And never were meant to be, so be VERY careful how much load and what you fire out of these. These guns were designed as a last resort for being able to fire whatever was on hand, and they did just that. Not to scare you, but these can easily explode in your hands. Do some research before you accidentally overload too much powder in them, they are fun guns but come with an unknown warning! Be careful, but enjoy them.
    9. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 10 years ago
      Zguy, I have done a lot of checking. Brass/bronze does not crystalize with age like iron. They were orig. generally proofed with 3-4 times the intended charge & never heard of 1 bursting. Being cast does alter that equation somewhat as there may be impurities ingrained. I do inspect them closely after firing.
      According to U.S. army records, not 1 bronze cannon exploded during the War For Southern Independence. I have actually seen 1 that obviously had a shell explode in the tube(barrel) & just bulged it some.
      Glad to know somebody worries, although surely not about my comments on CW. Thanks. Actually I reproofed the barrels myself with the barrels supported separately. In both cases, it was a nervous few minutes as it could destroy the value.
    10. buckethead, 5 years ago
      Wow! These are really cool!!
      Hmmm....a six year old post.....I guess I'm little late for the party....
    11. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 5 years ago
      Bucket, you be a newbie, Mon. LOL. I took them with me to McDonald's Land & brought them back after Irma hit St. Maarten/St. Martin. Have to make a new wall frame for them though. I lost almost everything else to Irma. Sad. 240 mph gusts !
    12. MrDusty MrDusty, 4 years ago
      Nothing like the oldschool Brass-Barrel-Blunderbusses. I'd love to smelt my own "horn" for one of these one day but I imagine it'd take some elaborate form of hardening process or a hell of a well thought out alloy.
    13. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 4 years ago
      Don't know how advanced their metallergy was 3-4 hundred yrs ago, but apparently they are cast brass or bronze and that doesn't crystalize like iron & a lot of other metals. These were "proofed" & stamped.
    14. Rambojoe, 2 years ago
      did you write this ?
    15. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 2 years ago
      Afraid not Joe. Nice collection for a beginner. LOL !
    16. JohnJoe, 11 months ago
      so can you shoot one of these...>
    17. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 11 months ago
      Sure. Brass doesn't weaken with age (I hope !).
    18. JohnJoe, 11 months ago
      lol that would be something to see..
    19. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 11 months ago
      And feel. Friend that has a .50 Barrett says they kick more than his. It's a bit of a ride if you don't hang on tight.

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