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Bennie

Lewis and Clark Air Rifle

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Watched this this morning and thought I would post it here. I did not even know they had air rifles like that in the 1800's. Amazing the quality that must have been put in to produce something like this by hand back then. And to shoot 40 shots out of a caliber that size is outstanding I think. Check it out if you have time and are interested.

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Thanks for posting this. I had read that Lewis & Clark carried an air rifle on their famous expedition, but never knew anything about the rifle itself. Wow, a .46 caliber PCP repeater with rifled barrel that could shoot a hole through a 1" pine board at 100 yards. In 1803, no less. That's impressive.

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The biggest wonderment to me is why it never took hold. Just think how much easier it would have made life for the settlers if they had carried a repeating rifle rather than the smoke poles that they did carry. And they wouldn't have had to worry about powder either. Why didn't this rifle play a bigger part in our history?

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Mainly because they were made only in Europe. American rifles were easier to produce and didn't need the fine tolerances that an air rifle requires. That's also why they weren't as popular in Europe either.

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Boy, if the South had imported these 40 round repeating .46 caliber air rifles, it could have changed the outcome of many of the battles in the Civil War.

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