Several weeks ago a friend offered to give me a book on airguns which I initially began to refuse, but then thought I would add it to my collection of books on firearms. There’s nothing that will turn off a reader of Western history more quickly than misinformation about firearms. I couldn’t foresee that I’d ever use an airgun in my writings, and I may never do so again, but I’m sure glad I accepted the book.1
I knew that Lewis and Clark had an air rifle on their historic expedition, but, as I learned in this book, I was completely ignorant about their air rifle and about airguns in general.
Their rifle, likely a Girandoni-system repeating air gun, was a serious weapon that would fall under the Assault Weapons Ban since its magazine held twenty rounds of .46 caliber balls, had a lethal range of 150 yards, and could fire as rapidly as a modern semi-automatic weapon.
To learn why Dr. Robert D. Beeman calls the Lewis and Clark air rifle the “Most Important Individual Gun in American History” visit his website at www.beemans.net.
- Robert D. Beeman & John B. Allen, S.P. Fjestad, ed.,Blue Book of Airguns: Sixth Edition(Minneapolis, MN: Blue Book Publications, Inc., 2007)
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