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Old January 10, 2010, 08:03 PM   #1
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Square barrelled rifle

Haven't actually seen this, but a friend told me her uncle has a very old Chinese flintlock with a square barrel/bore. Anybody know about this?

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Old January 10, 2010, 08:22 PM   #2
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Does the bore rotate, to give a spin, or is it one long straight square? Centuries ago crossbow qarrels were made with round heads for use against Christians, and a square one for use agains Muslims during the Crusades, IIRC, wonder if that has anything to do with it, which would mean it is either a copy made much later, or a musket that has a HECK of a history to it.
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Old January 11, 2010, 10:02 AM   #3
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Centuries ago crossbow qarrels were made with round heads for use against Crhistians, and a square one for use agains Muslims during the Crusades...
Hey, you can't just say something like that and stop! Keep typing!
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Old January 11, 2010, 11:44 AM   #4
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That's about all I remember from that, sorry.
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Old January 11, 2010, 12:19 PM   #5
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Goes further than that.
There were volley guns (multiple barreled BP guns where the barrels all fired together, kind of an early machine gun attempt) where the racks of barrels & ammuntion was the same, round for christian & square for Muslim targets.

I don't remember the brand model & so on but it looked like a cannon carridge with a row (or two) of barrels all laid side by side & the whole setup was breech loaded on a seperate trailer & the loaded barrels dropped into the waiting carridge/breech for firing.
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Old January 11, 2010, 01:28 PM   #6
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I've never heard that about crossbow bolts, but the Puckle Gun, an early manual revolving "machine gun," did have round and square barrels and chambers - round for Christians and square for Turks (a common name for Muslims).
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Old January 11, 2010, 02:22 PM   #7
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"Round for Christians, square for Turks."

That was the clue that the Googles needed. Square bullets, I guess like square arrows, make a god-awful mess of your insides when they hit at high velocity. Kinda gruesome, but I guess the deal was that the round bullet makes a clean wound (as clean as a large caliber projectile would, anyway), but the square one tumbles around and just rips the crap out of whatever it hits, resulting in agonizing pain and, I suppose, a horrendous death.

Such were the times.
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