Airpistol-carbine, T Peres (attributed to), 1775 - 1799
This carbine – a gun with a relatively short barrel – has a hollow iron stock that can be unscrewed and removed. It served as a container in which air could be brought to the correct pressure using a separate pump. Airguns were developed as hunting weapons owing to their relative silence and lack of powder smoke. These qualities also made them suitable for assassins and snipers.