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The .46 Caliber Semi-Automatic Rifle
That Changed the World

American Thinker, by Michael Geer

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Posted By:magnante, 1/27/2013 5:30:16 PM

Behold the Girandoni air rifle, a 20 round high capacity tubular magazine and air reservoir which fired at roughly the same velocity as a modern .45 ACP. It can punch straight through a 2x4 at 100 yards. Invented by Tyrollean Bartholomaus Girandoni around 1779, this revolutionary rifle is four feet long and weighs a manly 10 pounds.(snip) Lewis and Clark carried the Girandoni across what would become America during their expedition and their journals state that of all they had with them the Girandoni was what both impressed natives

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: 4Justice, 1/27/2013 5:36:41 PM     (No. 9142920)

Folks, remember this the next time a leftist tries to claim that our Founders could not have possibly envisioned the weapons we have today and/or when they claim the Founders only thought about muskets when they wrote the Constitution.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: ScarletPimpernel, 1/27/2013 5:49:01 PM     (No. 9142950)

"Bring your heavy boots to bear on our Unalienable Rights to keep and bear arms and we will prevail simply by virtue of need overcoming tyranny. In short, when accumulated power gets too big for its britches, something unforeseen happens. Like when single shot cap and ball ran headlong into a repeating rifle that used air."

Fanatastic article! I had previously seen the linked video about the Girandoni air rifle -- "the perception of peace through power". It´s a wonderful story. This rifle allowed Lewis and Clark to complete their expedition, and gave us another page in history about the courage and ingenuity of the American people. We have stood up to tyranny before, and we will do it again.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Zarin, 1/27/2013 6:39:18 PM     (No. 9143038)

Dang! Rate of fire is a big key in keeping one safe. Then for when supply is low there is NO NEED for gunpowder or reloading your old casings! And no smoke to give your position away!

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Reply 4 - Posted by: glcinpdx, 1/27/2013 7:00:19 PM     (No. 9143064)

#1, remember that muskets WERE the ´Assault Rifles´ of the day used by the military when the Constitution was adopted...Idiot Liberals and their idiotic arguments be damned.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: glcinpdx, 1/27/2013 7:11:40 PM     (No. 9143074)

In the article there is a great link to a video from the National Firearms Museum regarding this rifle. Fascinating history and how Lewis and Clark used this weapon to project strength and maintain peace on their three year voyage.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: bob913, 1/27/2013 7:20:02 PM     (No. 9143084)

You can fire more than 1 arrow a second.
It is about control by the socialists who will one day announce you are going on a train ride to camp. A one way trip!

Look it up at youtube.
Fires 11 arrows before first hits the ground
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dKY9FpRGyJI

Lady keeps firing while moving and hitting her target. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1o9RGnujlkI

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Hermit_Crab, 1/27/2013 7:22:00 PM     (No. 9143086)

To be pedantically, technically, obsessively precise, it isn´t really semi-automatic. It is a bolt action repeater.

Still and all, pretty neat.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: novakid, 1/27/2013 9:10:27 PM     (No. 9143242)

Today it would be modified to fire only six rounds on one (air) charge.

Would it be possible to issue some common sense? Guess not.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: FLCracker, 1/27/2013 9:33:36 PM     (No. 9143265)

#6, AND.. they are both using simple re-curve bows. No pulleys for them!

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