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The wood carvings on the side are in immaculate condition for being several hundred years old. I can see from the stamps and the engravings that this is an authentic Lazarino barrel, which is wonderful. There are quite a few forgeries.
- Fact 1: The barrel on this gun was made by Lazarino Cominazzo, a 17th-century Italian gunsmith who made some of the most sought-after barrels in Europe and Asia.
- Fact 2: Lazarino barrels like the one in this gun were so highly valued that other, lesser gunsmiths began counterfeiting his work, making authentic Lazarino barrels extremely valuable.
- Fact 3: Because of this weapon's unique size and shape, it was intended to be fired at arm's length, from the hip, or even braced against the thigh, but not the shoulder.
- Fact 4: The crescent moon shape on the stock and butt of this gun indicate that the woodwork was from the Ottoman Empire.
- Fact 5: Popular fiction shows blunderbusses being loaded with scrap iron or nails, but they were actually loaded with small lead balls, similar to modern shotgun shells.