Sunday, August 13, 2017

Most blunderbuss were used by European navies or to protect coaches, but "thunder guns" were also used by civilians for defending their homes, businesses, carriages, and boats.

Those with brass barrels were especially suited for the high seas since they are resistant to salt water corrosion.

British blunderbusses were also issued to the Royal Mail coaches to defend against highwaymen.

Their flared muzzles acted as a funnel and made reloading much easier while bumping along in a coach or on the rolling seas.