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Augustin Dieufort giving Adéwalé a blunderbuss

A blunderbuss is a muzzle-loading firearm with a short, large caliber barrel that flares at the end. A predecessor to the modern shotgun, it is designed to unleash a blast of many shots at once, but for this reason is only effective at short ranges.

Description

Essentially a precursor to the later shotgun,[1] the blunderbuss is a firearm with a large caliber barrel intended to facilitate the loading of numerous shots all at once. Once armed, the blunderbuss can fire shots in a great burst from its flared muzzle. The wave of projectiles can be devastating at short-ranges, blowing away groups of enemies simultaneously. However, like the shotgun, its firepower and accuracy rapidly diminishes at further ranges the more the shots spread away from another.[1][2][3][4]

As a muzzle-loading gun, the ammunition of blunderbusses is limited not only to lead shots which can instead be substituted with a variety other material, including metal and stone, or even random scraps of junk. Wood can also be used, but this choice in particular is prone to damaging the weapon itself.[1] Although commonly in the form of a long gun[2][3]—in which case it is invariably shorter than its peers[1][2][3][4]—blunderbusses can also be as small as a a pistol.[5][6] The light weight and compact size of blunderbusses ensured that they were popular with naval forces and cavalry since they could be handled easily in a position of limited mobility or confined space.[1]

History

Throughout its history, the blunderbuss came to be associated not only with cavalry and naval forces, but bandits and pirates as well.[1] So popular was it with the latter, that types of blunderbuss pistols were commonly called pirate blunderbusses[6] or pirate flintlocks.[5] It therefore flourished during the Golden Age of Piracy.[6]

In 1735, the Assassin Adéwalé was given a blunderbuss by the leader of the Maroon rebellion, Augustin Dieufort, after saving the latter from a slaver raid on the Maroon hideout. From then on, the blunderbuss became Adéwalé's favored type of firearm. Notably on 8 July 1737, he used it to kill five guards at once during his assassination of Saint-Domingue's governor, Pierre, Marquis de Fayet.[2]

In 1773, the Assassin Ratonhnhaké:ton of the Colonial Brotherhood acquired a pirate blunderbuss pistol after sinking the Man O' War HMS Dartmoor as part of a privateering contract.[5]

By the end of the century, blunderbusses continued to be prevalent in France and were sold in Parisian markets during the French Revolution. The French Assassin Arno Dorian was given blunderbusses in two separate occasions between April 1796 and July 1797[7] by Police Minister Charles Cochon de Lapparent in return for his services. These were the plainly named Blunderbuss and the Woodplate Blunderbuss, rewarded for solving the murders of Alexandre Loissac and Professor Simon Marcel respectively.[3]

In 1841, the blunderbuss was standard service for British East India Company Highlanders which were deployed to India.[8]

Weapon statistics

French Revolution

Name Level Damage Parry Speed Range Cost Modifiers Requirements
Flintlock * * 2 2 1 8 N/A Additional Damage: +25% Helix Rift missions
The Iron Dragon * * 4 2 1 8 N/A Additional Damage: +25% Revolutionary Armaments Pack
Blunderbuss * * * 3 3 1 8 N/A Additional Damage: +25% Murder Mystery – Killed by Science
Woodplate Blunderbuss * * * * 4 4 2 8 N/A Additional Damage: +25% Murder Mystery – The Hand of Science
Officer's Blunderbuss * * * * 4 4 1 8 5,000₣ Additional Damage: +25% N/A

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