Victorian Pepperpot Air Gun

Victorian Pepperpot Air Gun

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This weapon is something of a hodge podge, the barrel and interior mechanism coming from a gun manufactured in 1781 and the body and grip dating from c.1830. While the pepper-pot barrel has been largely surplanted by the revolving cylinder, it is has found a resurgence amoung aethernauts where it's simplier design is slightly less inclined to fail.

The air gun has also found a permanent home in outerspace. Transportation costs have placed gun powder out of the budgets of all but the wealthiest of explorers. Whereas the tools and knowhow for handling compressed gases are a necessity for life in the aether. The terrestrial impact of pneumatic weaponry has been, for the most part, rendered obsolete by the power of gun powder, but in outerspace the effects of gravity are greatly reduced, and the resistence of air nonexistent.

This particular weapon has been fitting out to fire standard 18mm pneumatic fletchettes. It is top-break breech loading. As it is a refitted 18th century model, it is powered by Walden compressed air canisters. A conversion coupling is required to refill the canisters. One canister at full pressure is good for approximately 12 rounds, afterwhich muzzle velocity drops off rapidly. Walden canisters manufactured prior to 1824 are well engineered. Even after 70 or 80 years of use they can still be charged to full pressure with little concern for failure.

The firing mechanism is double action, a single pull on the trigger rotates the barrel and releases gas from the canister to launch the projectile.

The flechettes included with this gun have a conic butt for improved air drive and two-prong wire rifling trackers.

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The model includes diffuse, specular and normal maps at 1024x1024 (2048x2024 images can be made available). There is a great deal of detail in the brass and on the grip.

It is 1065 vertices (including fletchette).

The canister can be easily removed from the mesh of the gun.

The model has been rigged with constraints for operating the trigger, the barrel release lever, and the barrel break-action.

All textures are original and created by myself.

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Model and textures by Ulf
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