Austrian Girardoni Air Rifle model of 1790

Discussion in 'The Powder Keg' started by Logansdad, Sep 17, 2002.

  1. Logansdad

    Logansdad Guest

    :eek: Anybody familiar with the Austrian model 1790 .47 caliber/11 millimeter rifle invented by an Italian who emigrated to Austria. An air rifle that was used by the sniper who killed one of Napoleon's Sargeants who was riding horseback with a Major (who apparently was the intended victim)...It is my understanding that soldiers caught with this rifle were hung by Napoleon's forces as war criminals :assult:
     
  2. NRAJOE

    NRAJOE YOU TALKIN' TO ME!? Forum Contributor

    Didn't take ya long did it? Boy what a question too! I read about airguns made a long time ago but it was only a quick scan. Wish I'd read more about them, some were very powerful.
     

  3. Logansdad

    Logansdad Guest

    The buttstock served double duty as an air resevoir

    :eek: It held fourty rounds like a Daisy (Daisys hold alot more but the bullets are an awful lot smaller)
    :assult:
     
  4. Logansdad

    Logansdad Guest

    back when Flintlock Muskets were state of the art

    :assult:
     
  5. Logansdad

    Logansdad Guest

    It was also silent...

    which may have been why it isn't very well known at all...:nod: It would definitely be a Class 3 weapon...:rolleyes:
     
  6. NRAJOE

    NRAJOE YOU TALKIN' TO ME!? Forum Contributor

    Probably why we don't have them now. A .30 cal airgun with enough power to take down a deer would be sweet.
     
  7. Logansdad

    Logansdad Guest

    .47 caliber round ball killed that

    sargeant at over one hundred yards while he was horseback :nod: :assult:
     
  8. NRAJOE

    NRAJOE YOU TALKIN' TO ME!? Forum Contributor

    Wow..too cool!:right: