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The incredibly massive punt gun invention

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The punt gun is so big it doesn’t even look real. Like something out of a fantasy movie. But it was a product of its time and place. North America in the 19th century witnessed the birth of many inventions. Among them are the telegraph by Samuel Morse in 1843, barbed wire by Lucien Smith in 1867, or the telephone by Alexander Graham Bell in 1876. But while all these had remarkable impacts on society, they do not stand out as much as the punt gun, one of the most peculiar inventions of its time.

In the early days of the 19th century, North America experienced a massive increase in demand for duck-related products. With the constant increase in population came a greater need for food. Duck hunting had always been a common practice, and was therefore an easy answer to the food shortage, as reported by Rare Historical Photos.

https://www.thevintagenews.com/2019/05/19/punt-gun/

The poor ducks!

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Piney
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My Indian grandpop had a 8 gauge on a swivel on the front of his skiff. I gave it to a friend who made a carriage for it and packs it with toilet paper to celebrate the 4th of July. 

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hetrodoxly

Was the punt gun really an invention? it's just a big gun.

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