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An Illustrated Guide to the Modern United States Army by Tim Ripley

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Since the barrel was shortened and therefore lighter, it became possible to make guns with two barrels and from the early 18th century these became increasingly popular. The adoption of the percussion cap increased their popularity. New styles of locks were produced: back action locks were commonly used on these sporting guns and had the main spring set behind the hammer. Stocks were usually simple but well-made and a few top-quality examples were sold in cases, sometimes with extra barrels. A great deal of time was spent on the choice and care of a good gun and certain London gunmakers often acquired their reputations on the quality of their sporting guns.

Key of St Andrews, Scotland, early igth century. It is by half-stocked with a hook butt with fine cross hatching. The trigger pull required activate the lock can be adjusted by the screw to set just in front of the trigger. display and afford equal opportunities for both contestants, most dueling pistols were supplied cased and in pairs. fairness Opposite Cruikshank's Bottom Large, double-barreled pistol by a very famous London gunmaker, Durs Egg. There two triggers and two are locks. 3 Scottish pistols with curly ramshorn butts.

This spur was shaped to afford a good grip by the second finger. The spur, together with the shape of the butt, was planned so that the pistol came, more or less fitted with a automatically, into the correct aiming position soon as the arm was raised. Some dueling pistols were fitted with a hair trigger, which meant that absolutely minimum pressure had as to be applied to fire the pistol. To cartoon depicts dueling in glamorous light than was usual at the Dueling was a persistent drain on life in France, but in Britain was less commonafar less time.

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