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Ottoman barrel 18th C. / Afghan stock later
An Afghan jezail fitted with an 18th century Ottoman barrel. the barrel is marked with dot-punch markings in Hindu. The translation reads 'Raj. Ajmer Beawar 5676'. This probably indicates the gun was confiscated there after the Indian Rebellion of 1857. The hardwood stock is decorated with inlay bone work and worn with age and use. The butt has a later added extension giving it the appearance of a typical jezail. The pan is missing. The barrel is heavy and features a bulbous muzzle and is made of twisted pattern welded steel of Ottoman or Persian origin. The triger, serpentine and spring mechanism are also recuperated. The barrel is firmly bound to the stock with seven brass capucines and four steel ones. The capucines have been refitted during their lifetime. Original ramrod. Overall condition is average. Firing this gun with precision from an upright position is hard labor. Afghans fired their guns seated from a shelter with the barrel resting on a rock, wall or bipod using ambush tactics. They lacked the craftsmanship and conditions to produce high quality gun barrels themselfs but in turn peeled their eyes for Ottoman or Persian lay-offs on the second-hand market.
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