Here’s a great video of some old-school duck hunting with a real punt gun: The Fens (1945) – Wildfowling. This style of waterfowling was practiced through the UK and Europe. The Fens are a coastal area on the east coast of central England.
Here’s a fun video about punt guns from the guys at Field and Stream. If you’ve ever wondered how market hunters used to do it, check it out:
How much would you pay for a 4 gauge double barrel shotguns? For one person, the answer was $86,250.00. That’s what this 4 bore Dickson brought the other day at Julia’s March 2012 auction.
With 42″ barrels, and weighing in at over 22 pounds, this gun is a beast. Eccentric British collector Charles Gordonhad it made for him in the 19th century. The gun has seen a little refinishing, but it’s still in excellent overall condition.
BTW: This 4 bore is not a punt gun. Punt guns were larger, usually attached to small boats (called punts) and used shoot flocks of ducks and geese. This Dickson would have been fired from the shoulder and used to pass shoot larger waterfowl including swans.
Here’s a 4 bore punt gun in action:
Here’s a guy firing a 4 bore from the shoulder at sporting clays.