Which was invented first? The Double Barrel Shotgun or the Double Barrel Rifle?
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Old 10-22-2009, 08:25 PM   #1
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Default Which was invented first? The Double Barrel Shotgun or the Double Barrel Rifle?

I checked online but all I could find was the name of the person who invented the Double Barrel Shotgun. I want to know which "Double" came first.

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Shotgun came first.

"Rifle" would be a long arm with a rifled barrel. Prior to rifled barrels,
long arms were smoothbore. Loading with small projectiles was common.
Thus any smoothbore could be a shotgun.

Now, if you are talking about a twin barrel firearm specifically designed
for use with shot, I'll still bet that the double barrel fowling piece precedes
any double with rifled barrel by a hundred years or so. Wouldn't surprise
me if the earliest one was a matchlock.

Who did it say invented the double barrel shotgun?

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Henri Double pronounced 'Dooblay'

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What double barrel rifles are still in production today?

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What double barrel rifles are still in production today?
Yes, but they cost a ton of money.
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Yes, but they cost a ton of money.
Very true and they're all shoulder cannons from what I've seen.
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Very true and they're all shoulder cannons from what I've seen.
There are some newer manufacture ones out there that you don't
need to sell a kidney to buy. Baikal, Remington, maybe EAA? 30-06
and 45-70, maybe other calibers. I've seen an company at gun shows
here in Oregon that does conversions of old double shotguns into
double rifles. Never paid a lot of attention to them, but I don't remember
the pricing being too crazy. A light double in 30-30, 303, 30-40 45-70 or some other rimmed cartridge with express sights or a low power scope
would make a GREAT brush gun. Short, quick, and accurate enough.
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