The world is full of oddities and bizarre phenomenon. Sometimes truth is stranger than fiction. Hears a list of very strange guns from the minds of man!
10. Punt Gun
Used mostly in the 19th and 20th centuries, the punt gun was absurdly big. Its main purpose was to hunt ducks, geese, pelicans or any other kind of seabird. Often times, they could be mounted onto a boat, out on the water, the person manning the gun would line up some birds and then BOOM! Records exist of more than 90 birds being killed at once. As you can see, these things were huge, and since it took more than one person to carry them, and let’s not forget the recoil, they were mounted on boats or skiffs almost all the time.
09. Harmonica guns
A harmonica gun or slide gun is a form of firearm which was breech loaded with a steel slide, containing a number of chambers bored in it and which were filled with projectiles.
08. The Hunting Trousse Pistol
There are different kinds of combination weapons. Think of the bayonet. Still, this is a truly unique weapon! This is an historic weapon of 1546 that is currently held by the Metropolitan Museum of Art. It is a combination of a hunting trousse – which is a kind of hunting dagger – and a wheel-lock pistol. The barrel of the gun runs along the back of the blade.
07. Duck’s Foot Gun
A Duck’s Foot Gun was a distinctive type of volley gun that was manufactured during the 19th century and the 20th century. Unlike other volley guns that had multiple barrels all aiming in the same direction, the Duck’s Foot Gun had four individual barrels that were arranged in a similar way to the foot of a duck.
06. Dyson LePetit Protector Ring Pistol
Long before James Bond’s ingenious cigarette gun, ski pole gun, and yes, even bagpipe gun — there was the real-life “Le Petit Protector.” This six shot .22 pistol was sold primarily to gamblers. Scarcely larger than a fingernail, this unusual 19th century pistol was mounted on a metal band and worn on the finger, much like a jeweled ring.
05. Key Guns
First used in the 16th century, key guns allowed a jailer to keep his weapon throughout the entire extremely vulnerable process of opening a cell door, thus never leaving him unprotected. Well, all except for the times when he’s actually using the key/barrel end of the pistol to disengage the lock.
04. The LeMat Revolver
LeMat revolver: Invented in 1856 by Jean LeMat, a New Orleans doctor, the LeMat was actually two guns in one: The top barrel fires .42 caliber pistol rounds, while the second, smaller barrel on the bottom holds a load of buckshot. When he was all finished packing guns into his guns. The gun was famed for its 9 shot capacity and an under barrel 16 or 18 gauge shotgun, and was favored by Confederate soldiers during the civil war.
03. Disposable Pistols
Designed to be air-dropped to resistance fighters in World War II, a million Liberator pistols were mass-produced from sheet metal for only $1.72 per unit over the course of just four weeks. The simple pistols didn’t have the rifling grooves in the barrel that usually serve to keep the bullet’s trajectory straight, so they only had a range of about 7.5 meters.
02. Periscope rifle
The periscope rifle is a rifle which has been adapted to enable it to be sighted by the use of a periscope. This enables the shooter to remain concealed below cover. The device was independently invented by a number of individuals in response to the trench warfare conditions of the First World War, and while it is not clear which army was the first to use periscope rifles, the weapons were in use by the end of 1914.
01. The Gustav Rail Cannon
The Nazis’ Gustav was the largest gun ever built and didn’t leave much planet where it hit. The idea for this massive cannon, The Schwerer Gustav, which is basically a massive cannon mounted on a train car, was it wouldbe able to take out French forts located near railways and destroy Allied trains transporting supplies and soldiers.