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John Gunderson Antique Militaria
Reuthe animal trap gun - $395.00

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Reuthe animal trap gun. Oddly dangerous by modern standards, to operate this firearm, it was chained to a solid object like a tree, bait (meat) attached to the barbed ends that were attached to the trigger, and when an animal pulled at the bait, it set off the trigger, discharging the two percussion barrels in the direction of the bait being pulled. Cast iron body with lettering "HARTFORD.CONN/F.REUTHE'S PATENT/MAY 12" 1857". 5" barrels, about 15" overall with bait barbs in rear position. Rear loop was restored by hand long ago. One of the barbed triggers is broken off, one complete. Functions mechanically, but springs wouldn't be strong enough to actually fire.