A punt gun is a type of extremely large shotgun used in the 19th and early 20th centuries for shooting large numbers of waterfowl for commercial harvesting operations and private sport.
Punt guns were usually custom-designed and so varied widely, but could have bore diameters exceeding 2 inches (51 mm) and fire over a pound (? 0.45 kg) of shot at a time. A single shot could kill over 50 waterfowl resting on the water's surface. (Plus several catfish and an eel!)
This static display is located at the Sottish Maritime Museum. [Ed Note: Highly recommend you visit this museum site. Tons of early maritime history.]
They were too big to hold and the recoil so large that they were mounted directly on the punts used for hunting, hence their name.
Begs several questions: How far this fellow was flung, firing this #4 gauge Weapon of Mass Destruction? When did he regain his sense of hearing? What was the fellow supporting this weapon thinking?
"Oil-Electric" is the original name for first generation diesel-electric locomotives.
I am a retired Instructional Designer, with extensive experience in video production, including research, writing, photography and videography and voice-over narration.
Indeed, I co-owned Media Resources, Inc. in Vancouver Washington for a number of years.
When I began writing this Blog, the focus was on second-generation diesel power. As a young lad living in Prince Rupert, from 1957 through 1959, I began learning about diesel-electric locomotives. The Twilight of steam.
While my core interest remains unchanged, I have changed. Therefore, from time to time, I present subject material that I find absolutely interesting, hopefully you will too!