Hi everyone, I am working on a translation of "A Conversation with a Bandit" from Thailand in 1903. There are two questions and the bandit's answers about the types of guns they used. Since I don't know anything about guns, I'm having a little trouble figuring out what the bandits are talking about in Thai, and also finding the appropriate translation in English. I'm coming to the experts for help! I'm especially having trouble with one term in Thai, "pastan" (maybe from "bustion"?). One definition of a "pastan gun" that I found in Thai says that it is a rifle with "flinging" or "swinging" shaft that has a tubular magazine of 6, 7, or 12 rounds. (This is opposed to a rifle with a seperable or non-seperable "box" magazine.) Does this definition make sense? What English term is equivalent? Below I've pasted my translation of the two questions and answers. Could you all, first, suggest what "pastan" refers to? In the first question, it looks like it might refer to the "charge" of the gun? In the second, it looks like it might be "bullet" or "cartridge"? Second, could you comment on anything else that looks wrong or awkward in my translation? Thanks! Matt TRANSLATION: 26. What kinds of guns are used nowadays by bandits? Percussion cap guns and single-round muzzle-loaders are not really used anymore. We usually use guns that hold more rounds. There are four kinds of guns that bandits use these days. First, breech-loading guns with eight rounds are sometimes used, though infrequently because they are so heavy. We usually prefer to use these three kinds of guns: seven-round guns (Mauser), twelve-round guns (Winchester), and sixteen-round guns (Colt Lightning). But, the ones with seven rounds are the best because the "pastan" is strong. In the guns with twelve and sixteen bullets, the "pastan" is weaker. 27. Where do bandits buy these kinds of guns? These guns are sold on two rafts moored under the Bangkok distillery, in a raft in Bangkok Nὸi canal, and at two Muslim shops near Wat Kὸ. Each gun costs 120 baht; the same price for all three kinds. Each circular "pastan" is sold for two salueng [1 salueng = 1/4 baht] each. These "pastan guns" are sold openly, not in hiding.