Blunderbuss - A short firearm with a barrel of expanding diameter and a bell-shaped muzzle. Enjoyed some popularity in the 18th century---so most are flintlock. It was supposed to fire a charge of shot with a widely dispersed pattern, suitable for stagecoach defense or boarding an enemy ship. But, the theory didn't work; just because the barrel walls fell away from the body of discharging shot did not draw the shot pattern wider. This one, like many, has a spring-loaded, hinged bayonet.
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