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Crucifix gun

Manufactured in Ireland c.mid-19th century in the context of the Irish independence movement.
.38 cap and ball, 33x19cm steel hollow cross, bronze fittings including a Jesus.
A very simple firearm design sneakily disguised as a clergyman’s accessory. The 10cm long smoothbore barrel is orientated muzzle-down, away from the Jesus, and can be unscrewed to uncover the nipple to fit a percussion cap. The bronze plug fitted over it serves as a ramrod.
The top plug with the lanyard ring is in fact the exposed part of the firing mechanism, which is a spring-loaded striker used by pulling back on the ring and letting it fly back into the percussion cap, preferably when the barrel is facing away from you.
This brings new meaning to that whole “war of religion” business.