I always thought set guns were interesting. In 1914, a specially designed pair of set-guns was sold in the United States. Their ingenious design was deadly simple and efficient, however it soon fell out of use, and their production was finally discontinued when it was effectively banned along with most commercial trapping in the 1930s. Known as the Taylor Fur Getter and the Taylor Sure Shot, these exotic little contraptions are now a hot item with collectors.
The concept of the ‘Set-Gun’
Set-gun concept sketch.Hunters have long used “set-guns,” or “trap-guns” which are firearms left primed and ready and triggered by a trip wire of some sort, to take game. These date back to as late as the 17th century and were often old discarded, obsolete, or broken pieces repurposed for less precision puruits.
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