Swan gun, Jan Knoop, 1700 - 1799
During the 17th and 18th century swans, geese and ducks regularly featured on the menu. Hunters in small boats could use this type of long gun to hit an entire group of waterfowl with a single shot of hail from a distance. This weapon has an exceptionally long barrel of almost three metres. Hunters used the sliding bolt on the lockplate to prevent the weapon from firing accidentally.