When the GUN control nut says No Assualt Rifles when the Bill of Rights was ratified

Mark W.

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When the GUN control nut says No Assualt Rifles when the Bill of Rights was ratified in 1791 you might get a kick out of telling them how wrong they are.


The Girandoni air rifle was in service with the Austrian army from 1780 to around 1815. The advantages of a high rate of fire, no smoke from propellants, and low muzzle report granted it initial acceptance, but it was eventually removed from service for several reasons. While the detachable air reservoir was capable of around 30 shots it took nearly 1500 strokes of a hand pump to fill those reservoirs. Later, a wagon-mounted pump was provided. The reservoirs themselves, made from hammered sheet iron held together with rivets and sealed by brazing, proved very difficult to manufacture using the techniques of the period and were always in short supply.

In addition, the weapon was very delicate and a small break could make it inoperable. Finally, it was very different from any other weapon of the time and any soldier using it needed to be highly trained.

The Lewis and Clark Expedition used the rifle in the demonstrations that they performed for nearly every Native American tribe they encountered on the expedition.

The complete write up is here

Girandoni Air Rifle - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
 

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Also, It's the principle of the bill of rights not what was around at the time. It is reasonable to believe that the writers would have known that technology would improve in the future as they were not dummies.
 

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