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Master: Pair of pistols

Master: Pair of pistols ©

The growth of the sport of game shooting in this period led to a number of experiments with the form and firing mechanisms of the shotgun including innovations such as a rifled barrel, safety catches, barrels that could be rotated and detachable cartridges for pre-loading shot. Gun-makers also experimented with materials and the length and weight of their guns. It was common too for men to carry pistols for their personal protection

Lewis Barbar I (active 1704-after 1741)

Four-barrelled flintlock carbine

William Turvey (active 1742)

Flintlock gun

Thomas Davis (active 1722-35)

Pair of pistols