Originally featured in Points West in Summer 2007
Duck’s Foot Pistol
Commonly known as a “Duck’s Foot” pistol, this example made by G. Goodwin & Company of London was designed for use by British naval officers. Its four barrels fired simultaneously, a distinct advantage if its user was attacked. The “Duck’s Foot” guns were also known as “volley” guns.
English Flintlock “Duck’s Foot” Pistol, ca. 1800, .50 caliber. Overall length 8.75 inches; barrel length 2.5 inches. Gift of Olin Corporation, Winchester Arms Collection. 1988.8.980