Flintlock pistol with five barrels for superimposed loads, Jan Kitzen (possibly), c. 1645

Flintlock pistol with five barrels for superimposed loads, Jan Kitzen (possibly), c. 1645

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This flintlock pistol could be fired no fewer than nineteen times. Between shots there was an interval of several seconds for the shooter to adjust his aim. It was impossible to interrupt the shooting sequence once it was initiated. Moreover, the pistol could not be reloaded during combat, as firing made the barrels too hot.

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