Friday, February 7, 2020

Spaghetti Western Trivia ~ Duck’s Foot Pistol

We all laughed at the absurd gun Thomas Hunter as Whity Selby used in 1967’s “Death Walks in Laredo” but such a gun actually existed in the Wild West. It was called a Duck’s Foot Pistol. It was classified as a hand-held volley gun a pistol with multiple barrels arranged in a splayed pattern, so that the firer could spray a sizable area with a single shot The principle behind this type of pistol is one of confrontation by one person against a group; hence, it was popular among bank guards, prison wardens and sea captains in the early 19th century.

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