May 082012
 

Two guys firing a punt gun on land

Manufacturer:  Many manufacturers, many homemade.

Years Active: 19th-20th centuries.  Some sporting use in 21st.

Type: Extremely large breech-loaded  shotgun.

Length: Around 10 feet long.

Bore: 50 mm or greater.

Use: Rapid harvesting of large flocks of water fowl for commercial consumption.  Could kill 50 or more birds at a shot.

Ammunition:  Special paper or brass cartridges.  Some containing a pound of shot!

Legalilty:  Not legal for hunting in the US.  Bore size limited in the UK.

Trivia:  The name punt comes from the flat bottomed boats these guns were often fired from.

Punt gun fried from punt