Some of the most beautiful work of this craftsman, and many others, are in this book “Liège Gunmakers through their Work. 1800 - 1950”.

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Poacher's rifle

A “amusing” handcrafted pinfire rifle, almost certainly poacher’s, disassembled in four parts, calibre 20 pinfire.

There are no punches or markings, which is perfectly normal for a weapon of this type.

The author of this vistemboire obviously reused old parts, namely the stock and the part containing the rear plate (probably originally percussion but now with a dog for spindle cartridge) and its bridge, obviously coming from a weapon with a strap. It must be remembered that at the time, it was not the consumer society: nothing was thrown away, and everything that could still be used was taken back.

As for the two-part gun (with its system familiar to firefighters) and its primitive method of fixing, it is beautiful (?) home-made. Especially not to use, even if the gun seems thick!

If that gun could speak....


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