An­cient Air­guns

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Air­guns are be­lieved to date as far back as the 1500s in Europe. Lewis and Clark even car­ried one on their ex­pe­di­tions while ex­plor­ing the Amer­i­can West. The In­di­ans Lewis and Clark en­coun­tered on those ad­ven­tures some­times re­ferred to it as “the smoke­less thun­der stick.” The early-pro­duced air ri­fles in the U.S. were low-pow­ered pieces uti­liz­ing a spring pis­tol power plant. These weapons flour­ished fol­low­ing the Civil War, and were mainly con­fined to tar­get shoot­ing and pa­per tar­gets.

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