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13th December 2017 03:35  

Bunge-type revolving spring piston airguns.

 

These guns have been attributed to Charles Bunge of Geneva, New York, who made a revolving percussion rifle and was associated with a number of inventions, including, in 1890, a folding peep sight.

Scientific American magazine said this in 1869:

Revolving Spring Gun.— Charles Bunge, Geneva, N.Y.— This invention
relates to a new spring air-gun, which is so constructed that it can be
readily set to automatically place a charge into the barrel, or at least in
line with the same; it being provided with a reservoir which contains a
suitable large number of charges. The invention consists chiefly in the
combination of a perforated revolving feed plate with a stationary supply
or reservoir chamber, from which, as the feed plate is turned, the balls
constituting the charges, are transferred into the apertures of the feed
plate.

With thanks to Sean Campbell, imaging manager of the Buffalo Bill Centre of the West in Cody, Wyoming, for permission to post these pics of guns held in the Cody Firearms Museum. The blurb accompanying these guns follow the pics.

Accession Number: 1993.8.14

Date : 1870-1879

Dimensions: L: 39.5 in, Barrel length: 18.25 in, H: 7 in

Credit Line: Gift of Thomas K. Hutchinson

Remarks: unknown maker, possibly Charles Bunge (sp?), Geneva, NY

Inscription: [receiver, right side below barrel] 1777; [lock plate top] Frank. James.; [bottom cylinder] 1777

Synopsis: firearm- airgun- Unknown- wood- brass- steel- [receiver, right side below barrel] 1777; [lock plate top] Frank. James.; [bottom cylinder] 1777- .30- 1777- unknown maker, possibly Charles Bunge (sp?), Geneva, NY

 

 

Accession Number: 1993.8.13

Date : 1870-1880

Dimensions: L: 45 in, Barrel length: 20 in, H: 6.5 in

Credit Line: Gift of Thomas K. Hutchinson

Remarks: spring piston revolver

Synopsis: firearm- airgun- Unknown- wood- brass- steel- Bunge (?) type- .28- spring piston revolver

 

 

Accession Number: 1993.8.12

Date : 1870-1880

Dimensions: L: 48 in, Barrel length: 19.875 in, H: 7 in

Credit Line: Gift of Thomas K. Hutchinson

Remarks: spring piston revolver; made in upstate New York

Inscription: none

Synopsis: firearm- airgun- Unknown- wood- brass- steel- none- Runge (?) type- spring piston revolver; made in upstate New York

 

 

A similar spring-powered gun was also shown on the Airgun Rendezvous web site, posted by Kurt Wag, which he said was "made in mid 1800's in USA by a Canadian. It's a 13-shot revolver with a lever assisted cocking mechanism":

 

 


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