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Thanks Jim. I had read about it a few years ago and couldn't remember the name of the air gun. Even now what it can do is pretty impressive. I've been reading lately about some big bore air guns being made. Maybe they'll make a resurgence.
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Thanks, Jim! That was fascinating. Still not really clear on how the air reservoir works.
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Thanks Jim,I'd never heard of that gun. Very interesting. James.

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Thanks Jim. I had read about it a few years ago and couldn't remember the name of the air gun. Even now what it can do is pretty impressive. I've been reading lately about some big bore air guns being made. Maybe they'll make a resurgence.
There are various videos on that air rifle. Very interesting.

New big bores have been made for some years, but not along the same lines. I know they have been used to take up to and including full grown bison. And at least one was used to kill a moose - illegally. I have a number of air rifles and pistols, one in .20, the rest divided between .22 and .177. One CO2 rifle and one pistol. The rest all pump actions. Fun guns, and very cheap to shoot.

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So I guess the Indians never saw that you needed a bicycle pump and hours to recharge the air supply. Probably a good thing....too bad they didn't have battery operated air compressors back then.........interesting rifle.
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They had bicycle pumps in the 19th century?!
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Before Lewis and Clark in 1804-1806, Alexander Mackenzie canoed to the Pacific Ocean in 1793. He did it through what is now Canada with 6 voyageurs and a revolving group of Indian guides. He didnít show off his firepower to do it, had far fewer men, and didnít loose a single member of the party.
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So I guess the Indians never saw that you needed a bicycle pump and hours to recharge the air supply. Probably a good thing....too bad they didn't have battery operated air compressors back then.........interesting rifle.

I don't know about that one, but when the military used them each one came with 2 or 3 air tanks.

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Took 200 pumps to fill the air reservoir. The Indians were amazed, it shoots and no noise. Outdoors guy, Jim Shockey, advertised a 50 caliber air gun. Ad shows a wild hog down on the ground. Cost was out of my budget.
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