The funnel-shaped barrel (either round or elliptical) is not designed to enhance the ballistics of the weapon, but serves to facilitate loading ammunition into the muzzle. This makes it much easier to refill a blunderbuss with shot in situations where this would not normally be possible, as when riding shotgun on a stagecoach speeding down a bumpy road or on the decks & rigging of a ship.
While there is no physical reason that a blunderbuss cannot fire projectiles such as gravel or nails instead of lead shot, as is often claimed, this would be a foolhardy action as it would result in the barrel''s ruin. Blunderbusses were often supplied with gang-molds by their manufacturers, allowing the user to make his own shot in the field. A blunderbuss can fire multiple balls simultaneously and generally discharges its entire load at once. This made the blunderbuss the ideal weapon for boarding ships.
- Overall: 14-1/8" long
- Wt: 1 lb / 10 oz
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