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    Giffard Patent 8mm Ball Calibre / Shot Air Rifle By Ste Stephanoise D'Armes St Etienne With Rem Air Rifles
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    Giffard Patent 8mm Ball Calibre / Shot Air Rifle By Ste Stephanoise D'Armes St Etienne With Rem Air Rifles

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    RARE, 'FIRST PNUEMATIC AIR RIFLE' 1850- 1870’s, Giffard Patent 8mm Ball Calibre / Shot Air Rifle By Ste Stephanoise D'Armes St Etienne With Removable Air Reservoir. Sn 17275 - 17275

    French engineer Paul Giffard came from a family with a history of experimenting with compressed gasses. His older brother Henri had worked on developing airships, and is credited with having made the world's first powered flight in a dirigible on December 21, 1852. Paul, who later developed the world's first successful CO2-powered gun, worked with his brother before becoming involved in the liquefaction and compression of gasses. Among his 200 patented inventions are a pneumatic telegraph, which employed air pressure contained within tubes to transmit messages, and the now-familiar pneumatic tubes used at drive-in banks and other businesses for fast delivery of documents, currency, and other small items. During the 1850s, Giffard patented a single-shot pneumatic breech-loading gun that featured a pump and air reservoir located under the barrel. In 1872 he owned patents for guns with large-capacity reservoirs and a system of regulating the amount of gas necessary for each shot, thereby making it possible to fire multiple shots from a single propellant cartridge. These arms, included pistol, rifle, and smoothbore versions in 4.5mm, 6mm, and 8mm calibres.This is a rare excellent original Giffard patent 8mm calibre Air Rifle with removable air reservoir made C1850's-1870’s. It has a 24 ½” rifled barrel with clean bore and light rifling and measures 41 ¾” overall. The top of the barrel is marked ‘Ste Stephanoise D'Armes St Etienne’. It has excellent original blue finish. The original Walnut stock with chequered neck is superb and its ribbed polished horn butt plate is undamaged. The metal work has tooled foliate decoration and Giffard’s Hot Air Balloon trademark. The bolt is numbered 9706. The screw off cylinder has ribbed bands and the end cap near to the breech end has several inspection marks including the hot air balloon trademark. The trigger guard with extended tang has foliate engraving. The rifle has a brass post fore sight, plate and leaf rear sight. The cylinder has been charged by us and weapon's cocking and firing actions work as they should (we have no 8mm ball to test fire the weapon). The price for this rare first of its type air rifle which is a key piece of historic air weapon development includes UK delivery. Sn 17275
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    CategoryAir Guns
    SubcategoryAir Rifles
    ConditionUsed
    Price£ 1,275
    Sale typeTrade
    MakeGiffard Patent
    Manufactured Year1850- 1870’s
    MechanismPre-charged Pneumatic
    Model8mm Ball Calibre / Shot Air Rifle By Ste Stephanoise D'Armes St Etienne With Rem
    Your reference17275

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