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Oldest shotgun?

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AlecBeach:
What is the oldest known shotgun?

Coffinmaker:
 
At some point between the 9th and 11th Century.  Prior to the introduction of the rifled barrel, everything was technically a shotgun.  Early smooth bore Cannon were in actuality "Shotguns."  Really BIG shotguns, but shotguns none the less.  That's painting it with a broad brush however it is what it is.

Sir Charles deMouton-Black:
Look up the history of wildfowl hunting.  (Mostly ground sluicing until the French came up with decent flint locks and guns light enough to carry and swing.)

AlecBeach:

--- Quote from: Coffinmaker on June 09, 2018, 03:08:04 PM ---
At some point between the 9th and 11th Century.  Prior to the introduction of the rifled barrel, everything was technically a shotgun.  Early smooth bore Cannon were in actuality "Shotguns."  Really BIG shotguns, but shotguns none the less.  That's painting it with a broad brush however it is what it is.

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I should have been more specific. Shell loaded shotgun might be more appropriate 

Coffinmaker:

Westley Richards.  1875.  First Breach loading shotgun using self-contained cartridges.  They were All Brass.

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