The Puckle Gun
Have you ever though to yourself, “Gee, I sure wish that bullets came in all shapes and sizes. These round ones are alright and are scientifically the best design for a projectile, but sometimes I want to shake it up?” Well, if you are one of the two people in human history to actually have that line of thinking, you have a weapon to satisfy your strange cravings. This peculiar device called the Puckle Gun was one that was invented for a rather uncivil reason.
You see, in the late 1800’s there were scattered conflicts throughout the Middle East and northern Africa that involved Europe. Since firearms were already established but still improving in leaps at this time, many inventors tried their hands at creating the true perfect model of a gun. This weapon created by a man named Puckle and his assistant uses multiple bullet chambers so that it can shoot differently shaped bullets for different situations.
As Puckle said, “Regular bullets for fighting Europeans and square bullets to put down heathens and savages.” He believed it wouldn’t be fit for “lesser peoples” to be killed with the same bullets as his fellow Europeans. The Puckle Gun would only be built as a prototype model because no militaries wanted themselves affiliated with it or its creator.
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Andrew Nicholas is a passionate reader and writer on the subjects of history and mankind. He is a published author, critic, and poet who grew up in the friendly scenery of rural Ohio. He is a graduate of Wright State University and a regular student of historical curiosities.