Punt Guns Garry James July 13th, 2011 | More From Garry James Share0 Tweet Email Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+Back in the 19th and early 20th centuries, commercial hunter employed large bore muzzle and breech-loading shotguns to harvest large numbers of waterfowl at one go. The guns were mounted in low skiffs or “punts” (special boats with minimal freeboard) and often were so large and heavy that aiming could only be accomplished by maneuvering the boat into the desired position. The commercial punt gun shown was offered by the prestigious English gunmaking firm of Holland & Holland in the 1880s and ’90s, and was available in bores up to 2 inches. It was designed to handle special paper or brass shotshells. Effects on local waterfowl populations (it was not unusual to kill 50 or more birds with one shot) by hunters using punt guns was devastating, and eventually the practice was outlawed in the United States, much to the relief, no doubt, of indigenous edible winged critters. Share on Facebook.Share on Twitter.Share on Google+ Share0 Tweet Email Load Comments ( ) Don’t forget to sign up! Get the Top Stories from Guns & Ammo Delivered to Your Inbox Every Week Even More From the History Books Show More Get the Guns & Ammo Newsletter FREE! Get the top stories delivered right to your inbox every week. 9 Awesomely Creative Ways to Kill ZombiesRead Now! Advertisement ▶ Now on Tablets! Subscribe & Save! Temporary Price Reduction! Subscribe Now Give a Gift | Subscriber Services WAIT!DON'T MISS A SINGLE ISSUE! Get 12 issues for the low price of just $9! Subscribe!