Tuesday, September 15, 2015
These are some of the strangest guns ever made. Whether shaped like a musical instrument or serving as a dual-purpose weapon, these firearm curiosa are worthy of a second look.
This European 10-shot, 9 mm harmonica pistol is a breech-loader with a steel slide. The rounds are loaded side by side, and the shooter moves the slide to ready a new round for firing.
This handgun, a Dreyse needle-fire revolver in .45 cal., required a long needle firing pin to detonate the primer inside the cartridge. The design was soon superseded by other inventions, but it was a favorite of the Prussian military.
If you run out of ammo, this Dumonthier Pinfire Revolver’s second line of defense is a dagger that protrudes from underneath the barrel.
If you’re a fan of efficiency, this 9 mm Flintlock Knife Pistol might be just what you’re looking for—it’s another dual-purpose gun and blade.
This innovative knuckle-duster is a tiny revolver that can be reversed to act as a brass-knuckle piece.
This Watson Tinder Lighter uses a flintlock mechanism—which was much faster and more reliable then a hand striking flint—to ignite the tinder.
These guns, plus many more historic treasures, can be seen at the NRA National Firearms Museum in Fairfax, Va., located on the first floor of NRA Headquarters.
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