DON’T PULL – PUSH! KNOPFBÜCHSE

If you want to shoot a gun, you pull the trigger. Really? Not with this gun, because it has no triggers! But how to shoot? Well, look at the safety – SICHER….

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Knopfabzugsgewehr E.R.Martin & Sohn, Bonn am Rhein©Sergey

 

 ….and slide it back. What you see now are two knobs. These knobs, in German “Knopf”, gave the trigger and the gun it’s name: Knopfabzug – Knopfabzugsgewehr.
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Knopfabzugsgewehr E.R.Martin & Sohn, Bonn am Rhein©Sergey

Knopfabzug hunting guns and rifles are made by gunmaker Johann Reeb in Bonn, who got a patent for this kind of trigger, probably for use in winter with thick gloves. His son Philipp became also a gunmaker and one of his apprentices was Emil Martin, who later opens his own business in Bonn, building guns with knob triggers similar to those of Johann Reeb. It was Martin, who claimed being the designer of some guns and rifles with Knopfabzug for emperor Kaiser Wilhelm II who was handicapped with a crippled left arm and had to shoot with one hand only. There are only a few knob trigger guns known today and I never saw an O/U among them…

Beside the unusual construction of the trigger, the gun features a rich engraving of game scenes and oak leaves.

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Knopfabzugsgewehr E.R.Martin & Sohn, Bonn am Rhein©Sergey
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Knopfabzugsgewehr E.R.Martin & Sohn, Bonn am Rhein©Sergey
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Knopfabzugsgewehr E.R.Martin & Sohn, Bonn am Rhein©Sergey
Knopfabzugsgewehr E.R.Martin & Sohn, Bonn am Rhein©Sergey
Knopfabzugsgewehr E.R.Martin & Sohn, Bonn am Rhein©Sergey

 

 

 

 

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