Which was invented first? The Double Barrel Shotgun or the Double Barrel Rifle?

Discussion in 'General Shotgun Discussion' started by MP1000, Oct 22, 2009.

  1. MP1000

    MP1000 New Member

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    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.

    Thanks!
     
  2. BillM

    BillM Active Member Supporter

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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?
     

  3. MP1000

    MP1000 New Member

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    Henri Double pronounced 'Dooblay'
     
  4. Shooter

    Shooter Administrator Staff Member

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    What double barrel rifles are still in production today?
     
  5. MP1000

    MP1000 New Member

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    Yes, but they cost a ton of money.
     
  6. spittinfire

    spittinfire New Member Supporter

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    Very true and they're all shoulder cannons from what I've seen.
     
  7. BillM

    BillM Active Member Supporter

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    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.