Air pistols from the 1700’s Posted September 3, 2007 in Other Gear & Gadgets by Steve Johnson with No CommentsTags: air guns The pyramydair blog has a very interesting post about the development air pistols in the 1700’s. Air rifles were scarcely known, and yet these were repeaters! Imagine how much rarer a pistol version of the same gun would have been. Well, such guns do exist. I have seen and held them.