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Black Powder Pirate Blunderbusses

 Firing a Blunderbuss

Blunderbuss be a muzzle-loading firearm with a short, large caliber barrel, which flared at the muzzle and was typically loaded with a number of lead balls smaller than the bore diameter. Sometimes also called a Musketoon, it was an early form of the shotgun. Blunderbusses were also commonly carried by naval warships, privateers and pirates for use in close-quarters boarding actions during the Golden Age and Late Pirate Era. We carry the largest selection of working blunderbusses in the new or old world: Dutch, English, French, and Spanish Blunderbusses.

Thar be two common myths about the blunderbuss. One be that you can put anything metal, like spoons, down the barrel, but that is not true.  Anything hard and not round can get jammed in the barrel n' cause it to explode. The other be that the flare of the barrel determines the spread of the shot, but this is also not be true otherwise, all modern shotguns would have flared barrels.  The truth is, the flared barrel made loading much faster.

Loading a Blunderbuss