Largest selection of genuine antique weapons for sale in UK, visit our website andrewbottomley.com. Ref no 9537. A unique and unusual simple poachers 16 bore percussion trap gun. Circa 1830-1840. The barrel length 5 inches and a weird iron handle cut with two slots, fitted on top of the barrel. The wooden stock fitted with two steel triggers next to the iron handle. Overall length 9 inches. Action seized up but appears to be complete. There is an engraved makers name on the lockplate, this is not clear. The wooden stock in very good condition. Probably French. The trap gun was loaded with charge and shot and then normally laid on the ground or inserted into the ground on spikes. Generally in an area where poachers might be tempted to steal from the owner. Wires usually led from the gun under the very short barrel at about ankle height. It became common practice to pass the wires through a candle flame to blacken them, making them less likely to show in the dark. When a poacher walked into the wire, the gun could swivel to point at them and the mechanism fired the shot. The poacher may well have been maimed or even killed but often was just scared away. It was a legal necessity to make sure potential poachers knew these items may be set, so notices had to be displayed and town criers made public announcements. The idea was to warn off the miscreants, rather than to shoot them. The main disadvantage was that the guns were not selective, they could not detect if the wire was tripped by friend or foe, human or other animal. There are many stories of these devices scoring a hit on the landowner or even his wife. In well used condition. Ref 9537.
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