Forgotten Weapons Finds a Forgotten O/U Shotgun

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Ian over at Forgotten Weapons put up a new video covering a unique O/U shotgun. He isn’t sure what it is specifically beyond knowing that it was made in Paris by Lefaucheux. Lefaucheux was Casimir Lefaucheux, a French gunsmith who spent his relatively short life (by today’s standards, anyway) finding ways to improve on the era’s firearms. He got his first patent in 1827 but perhaps his greatest design came in 1836 with a self-contained cartridge that was an important early step towards breech-loading firearms.

Take a look and see what you think.

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  • Myndbender Myndbender on Sep 25, 2015

    You'd be very hard pressed to find someone in today's era come up with such a unique & interesting design, so it's pretty mind blowing that was made in the early 1800's. I also feel, however, that any product in it's relative infancy is when one would see the most far out design concepts, as today's small arms are pretty much at their peak until feasable caseless rifle/ammo combo or pulse rifle is at lgs or in an infantryman's hands.

  • Fruitbat44 Fruitbat44 on Sep 26, 2015

    Really interesting little piece. I guess it's one of those moments where somebody said, "Let's try something a little different and see if it catches on." Well I guess it didn't, but it's still an interesting gun.