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The Girandoni Air Rifle: A Napoleonic Wunderwaffe? [27:02]

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The Girandoni Air Rifle was quite an incredible piece of equipment. It didn't require gunpowder, it could fire up to 22 rounds every minute, and as a breechloader it could be fired prone with ease! And yet, despite these extraordinary traits, it only... The Girandoni Air Rifle was quite an incredible piece of equipment. It didn't require gunpowder, it could fire up to 22 rounds every minute, and as a breechloader it could be fired prone with ease! And yet, despite these extraordinary traits, it only ever saw a few years of very limited service in the Austrian army. It never even saw service against Napoleon! Why not?Well, reality is always a little more complicated than just a simple comparison of who could fire their guns faster!If you would like to learn more about the Girandoni Air Rifle...Here is an incredible and fairly comprehensive piece on them:http://www.beemans.net/Austrian%20air... ...and here is a shorter summary:https://www.forgottenweapons.com/rifl... ...and the original Forgotten Weapons video, showcasing the mechanics behind this incredible rifle:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2dZLe... If you would like to support the Channel on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/BrandonF ...or visit me on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BrandonFYT

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brandon f girandoni girardoni air rifle napoleonic 18th century 19th century georgian era napoleon austria austrian empire austrian musket austria rifle windbusche muzzleloader breechloader prussia ottoman empire french empire british empire
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