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Big Fake Trap Guns

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In the previous episode of Curator's Corner, NRA Museums director Jim Supica showed John Popp commercial trap guns designed to deal with varmints or to harvest furs. They were popular from the 1850s to the 1920s. They became very popular with collectors, so a wave of magnificent fakes came onto the market in the late 20th century. They're well crafted, often of brass, with designs not seen in real trap guns. Harpoon-like rods held the bait while massive firepower was only a twist away. One sports a pepperbox that fires its rounds simultaneously. It's astonishing the effort put into making these phony, but fascinating trap guns.

Season 11