View Full Version : Trivia on air rifles and our Governments first repeater

09-17-2013, 09:10 AM
What was the first repeater used by the US Government?

A Girandoni 20 shot repeating 46 caliber air rifle carried by the Voyage of Discovery, Lewis and Clark. It was pumped with a bellows and used to scare the bejesus out of the tribes along the way. Clarke's slave York had the task of pumping it up with a bellows pump.

It was lost to history for many centuries and believed to be recently found in the collection of Dr Beeman, traced thru the description of field expedient repairs made during the voyage, it is now in the NRA museum.

Forrest r
09-17-2013, 09:35 AM
That rifle kept them alive.

Indians had never seen anything like it. They'd bring it out & fire several shots with it. The indians thought it was magic & didn't know how many the clark expedition had with them.

When you're out gunned it's best not to get into a gunfight.