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GIRANDONI SYSTEM AIR RIFLE - Lewis and Clark, etc
« on: July 16, 2012, 12:40:49 PM »
I find this article fascinating. The Girandoni Air Rifle was used by Lewis and Clark. There are other interesting air rifles mentioned. If I were a machinist, I know what my next project would be the WWII example at the bottom of the page.

http://www.beemans.net/Austrian%20airguns.htm

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Re: GIRANDONI SYSTEM AIR RIFLE - Lewis and Clark, etc
« Reply #1 on: July 16, 2012, 06:07:44 PM »
i always heard lewis and clark used air rifles . now it looks moreso good post steveoh
in 1939 hitler said give up your guns and germany will be a safer place... then a short time after all guns were taken ,he told the jews "board the train" a word in histroy

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Re: GIRANDONI SYSTEM AIR RIFLE - Lewis and Clark, etc
« Reply #2 on: July 16, 2012, 11:44:28 PM »
I had seen the 1st vid but not the 2nd -it was pretty good and informative.  :D

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Re: GIRANDONI SYSTEM AIR RIFLE - Lewis and Clark, etc
« Reply #3 on: July 17, 2012, 12:08:16 AM »
Had heard about their use of air rifles, but never seen an example. Would love to see some modern recreations for sell, even if it's in more common calibers. Love the reloading mechanism.
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Re: GIRANDONI SYSTEM AIR RIFLE - Lewis and Clark, etc
« Reply #4 on: July 17, 2012, 12:17:52 AM »
Don't believe everything in those clips or on the website.  Beeman has been drumming up support for his own rifle being THE Lewis and Clark air gun.  We have been debating this for a while on the Vintage forum.  I suggest you go there and do a search.

BTW, Beeman calls these "assault rifles".  Hooey!  There is no definitive proof that they were even used in action.  About the best evidence is a reference that they were finally used by the Austrians as defensive weapons when besieged.  Believe me, just about any black powder military arm of the period far and away exceeded the air rifle in terms of fpe.

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« Reply #5 on: July 17, 2012, 08:41:59 AM »
Granted FPE is a factor to consider but 15-20 shots per minute as apposed to 1-2 shots per minute does not even compare... Let alone the dirty, nasty, stinking, smoking mess... How many shots is that BP rifle going to shoot before it 'Fouls Out'? ? ? ?  I have Benji/Dans that have NEVER been cleaned in ten years and string shots at 50yds.... WET AIR WORKS WAAAAAY BETTER THAN WET POWDER!!!!!     Greg
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