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Girandoni Air Rifle... from 1790??

Discussion in 'Air Rifle & Pistol Discussion' started by ZeroRing, Jun 13, 2011.

  1. ZeroRing

    ZeroRing 26th District, WA Active Member

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    History lesson for today! Amazing...

    [video=youtube;-pqFyKh-rUI&hl]http://www.youtube.com/v/-pqFyKh-rUI&hl[/video]
     
  2. lowly monk

    lowly monk Beaverton, Oregon. Just a guy. Bronze Supporter

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    Awesom, Peace through supieror firepower. No one would attack someone with ninga firestick. Thank you ZR, Maybe this should be moved to long gun or general section. Very well done.
    P.S. ZeroRing ? You can probably out shoot a lot of us, If not Get a shot gun. Ha!
     
  3. xm193

    xm193 seatac Active Member

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    excellent post zeroring thanks for the history lesson....! we are truly standing on the shoulders of our forefathers
     
  4. tac

    tac UK, Oregon and Ontario. Well-Known Member

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    A couple of years back, on Traditional Muzzleloading Forum Flintlock Musket Reenactor, there was a thread about the Girandoni airgun, owned by the president of Beeman Arms and on loan to the NRA museum/collection. In the journal, mention was made that this air rifle had a broken internal spring, and that the blacksmith on the expedition made a repair using a piece of metal from another non-gun-related source.

    When THIS gun was dismantled for routine maintenance, it was found to have a repaired trigger latch spring - repaired in exactly the way that the journal describes.

    THIS therefore, is 99.9% certainly THE Lewis & Clark expedition airgun, and an irreplaceable part of American story that is way beyond any intrinsic value that might be put on it. It literally not only witnessed the expansion of America, but probably played the most important and humane part in achieving it that was possible to imagine.

    tac, about to leave for Orygun.
     
  5. PBinWA

    PBinWA Clark County Well-Known Member

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    Is there a modern equivalent to this gun? It would be cool to have a repeater like that.
     
  6. tac

    tac UK, Oregon and Ontario. Well-Known Member

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    If you watch the movie, Mr Schrier mentions shooting a modern day replica of this wonderful old rifle. I bleeve that a company in Italy has been tasked to recreate them at a price of around $10-12K.

    Read also - http://www.beemans.net/Austrian airguns.htm

    tac
     
  7. PBinWA

    PBinWA Clark County Well-Known Member

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    OK - perhaps I worded it wrong is there a modern equivalent for everyday plinking? ;)
     
  8. Remfire

    Remfire Central Oregon New Member

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    In February of this year there was a Girandoni on display at the Evergreen Museum in McMinnville.

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  9. sig40shooter

    sig40shooter Tahuya WA Member

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    Great piece. Thanks for posting. However, the Patomic River, I do belive is on the east coast... Could he mean Columbia River? Hmmm... Check out the 8:00 mark.
    I suppose we all make mistakes... :)
     
  10. ZeroRing

    ZeroRing 26th District, WA Active Member

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    Good catch! It must have been the typical east coast bias showing though! :laugh: