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Evans air rifle

Manufactured in England c.early 19th century.
~.30 caliber ball, patina’d cast steel ball air tank good for half a dozen shots at effective range.

I love these old air rifles, they never were extremely popular, at least not in the military, because of the fragility of these early air reservoirs. The Austrian army did use the Girardoni air rifle in the late 18th century, but this raised yet another problem of filling the reservoirs back up after usage which was either really long and labor-intensive or required a specialized cart.

Another air rifle with an offset top-mounted brass air tank.

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A New Clan At Surbiton - 35028 by Barry Lewis
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‘Merchant Navy’ pacific No. 35028 “Clan Line” taking a down West Country express through Surbiton station in the winter of 1958/9. 35028 had not long been transferred from Stewarts Lane shed to its new home on the South Western section of the Southern Region, but was already showing signs of neglect from her spotless days on the South Eastern. Camera: Russian 35mm Fed II Leica Copy.

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“You see it’s funny because they were women, and it was like he was calling them whores.”

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English air musket c.1800′s

.30 caliber, 120mm diameter brass gas tank, steel lock with brass smootbore barrel and triggerguard.
Only the trouble of making cheap and resilient air-tight pressurized air containers stopped air guns to become a common battlefield weapon. That would have been so awesome :v

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Sunrise on steaming Okanagan Lake, British Columbia

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Crouch End North London 13th October 2013 by loose_grip_99
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British Railways Standard 4-6-2 70013 Oliver Cromwell running on the Gospel Oak to Barking line prepares to enter the short tunnel under the abandoned ex-Great Northern Edgware, Highgate & London Railway branch (now known as the Parkland Walk) from Seven Sisters Road (now Finsbury Park) just to the east of here. We were ex-Southall shed destination Barnetby via Harringay & the East Coast main line. The junction for the single line spur up to Harringay can just be seen under the bridge in the distance. This was an engine and support coach positioning run for 70013 to be ready for the next day’s Cheshireman railtour from Cleethorpes to Chester.