Spanish needle-rifle

    One of my readers purchased an antique rifle which turned out to be a rare Spanish needle gun. Needle guns are so named because the firing pin it literally a very long needle. The needle is needed because the primer sits at the base of the bullet. The needle must penetrates the paper cartridge and the powder before it can hit the primer.

    The guns inscription reads …

    “Ano De 1855″

    I really enjoy examining old gun designs and marveling at their simplicity, creativity and, in many cases, naivety.

    A DIY needle made from wire.

    [ Many thanks to Vaar for emailing me the photos. ]

    UPDATE: A photo of the muzzleloader-esque takedown mechanism …

    Steve Johnson

    I founded TFB in 2007 and over 10 years worked tirelessly, with the help of my team, to build it up into the largest gun blog online. I retired as Editor in Chief in 2017. During my decade at TFB I was fortunate to work with the most amazing talented writers and genuinely good people!