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This comically large shotgun was once used for hunting ducks

Illustration for article titled This comically large shotgun was once used for hunting ducks

Called the "Punt Gun," this firearm of unusual size (henceforth known as FOUS) could discharge over a pound of shot at a time, and dispatch upwards of fifty waterfowl in a single go.


The FOUS, while popular during the 19th and early 20th centuries, proved so good at downing ducks that most U.S. states had banned its use by the 1860s, for fear of depleting stocks of wild waterfowl. Which... I mean... obviously, right?

It bears mentioning that Punt Guns were never fired as depicted in the image up top, but were mounted on and discharged from small, flat-bottom boats called "punts" (hence the name). As you might imagine, the recoil on this shot-cannon was, well, considerable:


Ergo paddles:

History is funny.

More on punt guns here. For the video of the punt gun demonstration animated above, see here


Cock of the hammer to Darren for pointing out this reddit thread, featuring the top image

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Ron Miller

I saw my first Punt gun at the White Oak Museum in Fredericksburg, VA. You really have to see one these things in person to realize how insane they are!

My favorite crazy-ass old gun is the Puckle gun.

It was a revolver-cannon invented by James Puckle in 1718. The best part about it was that it had interchangeable cylinders that allowed the gunner to fire round bullets at Christians and cubical bullets at Muslims.