A punt gun is a huge shotgun for hunting large numbers of waterfowl. Though popular in the 19th and 20th centuries, the use of a punt gun for hunting is now considered "market hunting". Because it too quickly depletes stocks of wild waterfowl, it's largely forbidden.
Punt gun bores could exceed 2 inches, and they could fire over a pound of shot at a time. They were called punt guns because, too big to fire held in hand, they were mounted to small hunting skiffs (called "punts"). Hunters using punt guns would often work in groups, quietly maneuvering their boats in range of a flock of birds, and then all firing their punt guns at once.
Nowadays, punt guns are still used in ceremonies or owned by collectors.
In addition, the punt gun is a good choice when performing the age-old tradition of cleaning your gun when your daughter brings her new boyfriend over.
Found a restoration of Irish Tom, the world's largest punt gun. I believe it's one of the ones pictured above, but I'm not sure which one.
Full PDF: https://s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/h...estoration.pdf
Now all we need would be a pump action 2" bore punt gun ribbed barrel of course
Maybe I need to make one with a short??? barrel for when someone I don't want in my house comes over LOL
There is nothing like the look on someones face when they're staring down the barrel of a sawed off pump punt when you jack the action.
An uncle of mine used to have a bell mouth 2 ga blunder buss that had that effect as well
Not very sporting, if you are a fowl. May be, the same demise will oneday hit the longliners.
Imagine the kickback that monster would have: almost push the firer through the transom. Somehow there would be a "wake" after firing the beast. Very glassy water in that shot.
I reckon Wes Harrison could have incorporated that one in his "The Great Duck Hunt" =very funny/talented guy. LOL
Last edited by ranald; 11-07-2018 at 04:36 PM. Reason: additional info
I met one of the last punt gunners who shot on Langstone harbour, he would be useful today with the huge flocks of non-native Canada geese doing immense damage to the area. There's no felt recoil, the gun sits low with the butt's kicked down shape sitting in a reinforced pocket against a cross beam in the bottom of the punt, which is driven backwards by the recoil. The gunner would also have a 10 or 12 bore loaded ready to go as a 'cripple stopper' for dealing with injured birds that managed to take flight.
Last edited by Frank S; 04-13-2019 at 01:47 AM.
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