Unique Weapon Re-build

Discussion in 'History' started by Davyboy, Oct 23, 2012.

  1. Davyboy

    Davyboy New Member

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    I have recently purchased an air cane. A very unusual and almost unique weapon. I would ask any Mods to please leave the thread in history rather than gunsmithing as we are about to re-visit the workings of this weapon not seen for over 150 years. First Pic
     

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  2. Davyboy

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    Background and links

    AIR CANES AIR CANE BACKGROUND
    Air canes are a whole collecting field in themselves, but they form a delightful and key part of most quality airgun collections. Wolff´s book (1958) has one of the few fairly good discussions regarding these intriguing guns. He points out that while cane firearms were novelty weapons of no great practical value, air canes were one of the pinnacles of airgun effectiveness and utility and certainly stand as some of the finest examples of wonderfully intricate and beautifully made airgun mechanisms. In most specimens, the gun function was concealed, but some bare trigger guards, shoulder stocks, or other obvious evidence as to their nature. Most apparently were designed for self-defense or as a method of carrying a hunting arm while out walking- in those days, the transition between town and country could come rather quickly.
    The Golden Age of air canes came in the 1800s when English air canes dominated the field. Key makers of London and Birmingham included John Blanch, Edward Reilly, and James Townsend. An air cane was part of the attire of many a well-dressed English gentleman of the late 1800s. Most specimens were sold in wonderfully fitted cases with their pump and accessories. These accessories often included a rifle-style, buttstock-shaped air reservoir or skeleton wooden buttstock which could be carried in the huge pockets of a gentleman's "great coat" until extra air volume and/or steadiness of fire were needed when using an air cane.

    http://air.guns.20megsfree.com/
    http://www.scribd.com/doc/65541219/The-Walking-Stick-Airgun
     

  3. Davyboy

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    The business end
     

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    more pics

    More to follow
     

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  5. Davyboy

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    Over the next few weeks I intend to dismantle, service, re-build and fire this unique weapon. Here is my problem I have little knowledge of air weapons. So I will be asking for suggestions at every stage. As far as I am aware this has never been done on the Internet before. So we are attempting a world first.

    Comments please gentlemen.
     
  6. Davyboy

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    Last couple of photos for today

    I will explain the workings of the gun later.
     

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  7. Dillinger

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    And subscribed!

    This is going to be a very interesting project and Davy has literally spared no expense in obtaining this really unique and rare weapon.

    I look forward to seeing how this turns out and what kind of damage that thing can produce. It's a .36 caliber according to Davy.

    JD
     
  8. dog2000tj

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    you need yourself a tricorn hat and trench coat to go with it ;)
     
  9. texaswoodworker

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    Subscribed. I look forward to learning more. :)

    Did you have to go through any antigun BS to get it, or are they unregulated?
     
  10. orangello

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    Init for the learnin. :D

    Would there be a cap over the barrel, or what kept the barrel debris-free?
     
  11. Davyboy

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    I remember hearing that before, I always thought that is weird to have these cross country explorers equipped with an air gun. I guess it came in handy though.

    This is a pretty interesting thread. Is the barrel on your air cane rifled?
     
  13. TWMIM

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    I am quite looking forward to this.

    How hard will ammo acquisition be?

    And thanks for introducing this, I thought I'd seen everything, but this is new ground indeed....
     
  14. orangello

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    Anybody else remembering that thread with dude taking hogs and deer with a LARGE pre-charged pneumatic rifle? I like it.
     
  15. Blueguns

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    I'm not sure if this one was it, but there was a thread a while back about hunting with air guns. Someone mentioned they made a .50 cal for hunting deer. I think that would be cool to try.
     
  16. hmh

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    Go to airgundepot.com and I want to say they have some big bore air rifles that have been used to take deer.
     
  17. Davyboy

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    Picture 3 is the charging port and by inserting a square drive key ( Which I will have to make ) and turning 180 degrees sets the firing pin.

    Picture 4 shows a recessed button which pops when the firing pin is set, this is effectively the trigger.

    Picture 5 is the breach and shows the firing pin.

    Picture 6 is the charging port and air release mechanism.

    Picture 7 is just a hole through the handle and I assume this was for a leather carrying strap.

    Picture 8 shows the air reservoir and charging port
     
  18. Davyboy

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    On top of the air reservoir is a screw off dome cap. This just leaves the exposed threads and was almost certainly for a screw on stock. Sadly I don't have this. The little bumps on the length of the gun are to make it look more like a wooden stick.
     
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  20. Davyboy

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    Thanks for that Rocs have already looked through the site. Sadly nothing that resembles mine. Seems to be a bit of a one off. :mad: