Ben, an old friend of mine, emailed me this photo of a gun he saw yesterday at the Musée de l’Armée (Army Museum) in Paris.  Apparently France’s national military museum is packed full of interesting firearms. This triple barreled wheel-lock pistol was created around 1600 – 1610. It was created for the French King Louis XIII, who, like you and me, was a gun nerd. It has two triggers. One trigger fires a single side barrel and the other fires the central barrel and the other side barrel. I cannot read the museum description, but for those of you who can read French, here it is:


Ben also spotted an Axe gun, for those times you need to chop firewood and simultaneously keep bandits at bay. It was created in about 1680.



  • Phil Hsueh

    It was probably built for the king to hunt ducks or pheasants with since it would look bad for the king to go out hunting and come back empty handed, or for that matter, for others in his party to come back with more than him.

    • iksnilol

      Yeah, the sideways pointing barrels would be good to “accidentally” nick your hunting partners.

      Good thinking 😛

    • mosinman

      i was thinking these guns were designed for something like riot control

      • Mazryonh

        Close, they were designed to give Captains of sailing ships a fighting chance against numerous mutineers. One of the earliest examples of a “room broom.”

        • mosinman

          i hear these types of firearms were used by jailers too

        • Zebra Dun

          Buck and ball most likely or straight buckshot.

  • Giolli Joker

    It makes me think about some sort of steampunk Wolverine…

  • Anonymoose

    Only 3 barrels? Pffft! Friggin amateurs.

    • lurpy

      Only 7 barrels? Pfffft! Friggin amateurs.

      (saw this little gem at the Bargello Gallery in Florence; I like the idea that someone saw a duck’s foot pistol and just thought it was altogether too reasonable)

      • Mazryonh

        With that many barrels, the recoil must have been terrible.

        • Martin Grønsdal

          You shoot one at the time. This was an attempt to make a fast(er) shooting weapon.

          • Mazryonh

            So how did this weapon advance to each barrel in sequence?

          • Martin Grønsdal

            I assume you would have to push each barrel in line with the stock, cocktail the hammer and shoot?

  • David Silverstein

    It’s called a Duck’s Foot pistol.

    • jerry young

      they use to sell replicas

  • Pseudo

    “Yo dawg, I heard you like guns…”

  • Southpaw89

    I want that hatchet pistol, I’ll think of a good reason later.

    • Tassiebush

      I keep one handy for repelling boarders and it works a treat.

  • Zebra Dun

    Ouvrez rangs Mars! Or words to that effect.