The master responsible for the production of this gun, Manoel do Nacimento Gomes, has previously been recorded in arms literature as active from about 1793.: According to Rainer Daehnhardt, president of the Portuguese Academy of Antique Arms, about a dozen fowling pieces
and a half dozen pistols from Gomes's hand are known to have survived.
The lucky bridegroom, Albert Lawton, of Agnes Maria Street, Gosforth, paid the customary toll at the roped church gates, and as the couple made their way to the waiting reception, a dozen fowling pieces
were fired in the air.
with halberds, swords, muskets, fowling pieces
and other guns and weapons' and marched on the mayor's house.
Here Bellesiles finds firearms rare, expensive, regulated, and useless, a contention made easier by his equation of firearms with military muskets, ignoring handguns, fowling pieces
, and other light weapons.
For defensive shotguns, interchangeable barrels in 18- to 22-inch lengths turn magazine-fed fowling pieces
into quick-handling, combat-length scatterguns.