L.C. Smith Shotgun
This double-barreled shotgun is made by L. C. Smith Company. This one is stamped Wells and Fargo & Co. These types of shotguns were common with lawmen in the old west as it did not require much aiming and had a lot of power. It was intended to shoot a metallic round that held several small lead balls. To create a larger pattern with the lead balls the barrels were cut short as in this example. Its range was limited but deadly.
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Did You Know?
The soldiers who came to Fort Smith in 1817 were still using some 18th century technology and drill. The cannon was discharged using a lindstock and slowmatch to ignite the primer, which originally was loose powder or a turkey quill filled with powder.