|Object Name||Gun, Combination|
Rifle/shotgun combination with buckhorn rear sight. Decorative engraving on lock and checkering on wrist stock. On rifle side under barrel, "19, 19, M, S." On shotgun side under barrel, "19, M, S, 182." Between shotgun and rifle sides, "7944." "STEEL TWIST" on top of barrel. "Joseph Manton, London." Missing hammer on rifle side.
Tag found with object: "Double Barrel Rifle- Shotgun Combination. Muzzle loading percussion. 12 Gage Shotgun- Right Barrel. 44 Caliber Rifle- Left Barrel. About 1845."
From Wikipedia.org: A combination gun is a shoulder-held sporting firearm that comprises at least two barrels, a rifle barrel and a shotgun barrel, often but not always in an over and under configuration; side by side variations are known as cape guns. A cape gun is a side by side version of a combination gun, and is typically European. German and Austrian cape guns have the rifle barrel on the right side and it is fired by the front trigger. The front trigger is usually a set trigger as well. British versions of this firearm position the rifle barrel on the left. These were at one time popular in southern Africa where a wide variety of game could be encountered. A combination such as the .450-577 British service cartridge and a 12 gauge shotgun was common. Combination guns have a long history in Europe, dating back to the early days of cartridge firearms, and they are most popular in Germany and Austria. These guns are almost exclusively hunting arms. The advantage of having a single firearm that can fire both rifle and shotgun cartridges is that a single gun can be used to hunt a very wide variety of game, from deer to game birds, and the shooter can choose the barrel appropriate for the target in seconds.
|Collection||Adam East Collection|
East, Adam H.