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Armory, Self Defense, And EDC => The Airgun Board => Topic started by: Aaron Whitewolf on February 24, 2011, 11:50:05 AM

Title: Lewis And Clark Air Rifle
Post by: Aaron Whitewolf on February 24, 2011, 11:50:05 AM
Lewis And Clark Air Rifle
How many of you gun owners knew that a rifle like this even existed?

http://www.network54.com/Forum/451309/thread (http://www.network54.com/Forum/451309/thread)
Title: Re: Lewis And Clark Air Rifle
Post by: Bradbn4 on February 24, 2011, 05:44:01 PM
Here is a good video on the old style air rifle with some historical info on this rifle.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z9WEsILY92o# (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z9WEsILY92o#)

Title: Re: Lewis And Clark Air Rifle
Post by: Nicodemus on February 25, 2011, 12:10:11 PM
Wow, pretty neat! Thank for the links Aaron and Brad!
Title: Re: Lewis And Clark Air Rifle
Post by: WV_Hampshire on February 25, 2011, 02:51:03 PM
The OPs link is dead now.  If you want an interesting read about L&C and the air rifle pick up a copy of Undaunted Courage by Stephen Ambrose. 
Title: Re: Lewis And Clark Air Rifle
Post by: Dan on March 01, 2011, 09:05:45 AM
I wish I could remember what show it was but I remember a program that went into great detail about these rifles and how they were made using the technology of the day.

Here is another video.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-pqFyKh-rUI# (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-pqFyKh-rUI#)
Title: Re: Lewis And Clark Air Rifle
Post by: phargolf on March 01, 2011, 08:28:41 PM
A friend just sent that last video. That is so awesome! I never knew anything about this. Can you believe the # of rounds it could shoot before repumping the air! :o But can you imagine having to pump 1500 times ;D
Title: Re: Lewis And Clark Air Rifle
Post by: IKN on February 01, 2014, 11:53:17 AM
I've spent a lot of time researching this airgun.
I'm actually setting up a metalworking shop in hopes of one day being able to reproduce something similar.
Here's the link to a site with a ton of info.
http://www.beemans.net/Austrian%20airguns.htm
Title: Re: Lewis And Clark Air Rifle
Post by: FreeLancer on February 01, 2014, 02:01:12 PM
On field trips to Ft. Clatsop as a kid, they had one of these ugly air rifles as an example of what Lewis & Clark carried:

(https://encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQPf3SOyBejbsLXY-jjtUiXDsKh8dutLmf080OTodiGx-n-ozooaQ)

I've got to say, that Girandoni rifle looks so much more amazing.  Buttstock reservoir, 22 round repeater, wow....gotta love those Austrians.

(https://encrypted-tbn2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQfRQbOfJTEFViPHnV9j0G5rS5N8cwhlWOCokMd83U4MXinEYew0g)
Title: Re: Lewis And Clark Air Rifle
Post by: sharpshooterofky on March 28, 2018, 10:30:35 AM
I wish someone would make a new version of this gun.  It's ingenious for its time! Quite impressive.
Title: Re: Lewis And Clark Air Rifle
Post by: NWPilgrim on April 02, 2018, 06:19:55 AM
In "Undaunted Courage" it is explained that the repeating capability of the air guns was very impressive to the Native Americans they encountered and usually ensured a peaceful visit.  Also, IIRC, they were even used to hunt grizzly along the way (sounds like they were much more numerous and widespread back then).  It does not mention it being problematic in maintenance, so that is impressive as well considering the varied conditions and modes of transport and exposure to elements. Sort of like showing up to a knife fight with a M240.

I'm sure a replica of these would sell. Very unique and an important gun in opening up the West.
Title: Re: Lewis And Clark Air Rifle
Post by: IKN on June 09, 2018, 07:46:42 AM
I'd love to see reproductions for sale, but none of the big manufacturers think the re-tooling would be worth it to make them, but there are some who can custom make them.
The here's another link that lists details on many vintage air rifles including the Girandoni air rifle: http://www.vintageairguns.co.uk/ (http://www.vintageairguns.co.uk/)