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Lewis's Air Rifle

Meriwether Lewis purchased an air gun with his own money at Harpers Ferry, while purchasing supplies for the expedition.  The air gun was utilized to impress the Indians that the Corps would encounter.  The air gun was probably manufactured by Isiah Lukens, horologist and gunsmith of Philadelphia; it was returned to him after Lewis's death in 1809 and sold at an auction on Luken's death in 1847, discovered and identified in 1976.

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Lewis's Air Rifle Continued ...

From the National Firearms Museum ~ The Girandoni air rifle as used by Lewis and Clark.
A National Firearms Museum Treasure Gun.

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