NOCK Volley Gun
A Nock Volley gun, these were made for the British Navy with the intention to rain a shower of bullets onto the deck of an enemy ship. As many as 20 were issued per ship of the line and a dozen per frigate. Due to the recoil of all 7 50 caliber barrels firing simultaneously there have been reports of sailor bones breaking and being thrown overboard. In addition it was believed there was an opportunity for the discharge flame to ignite ones own sails and rigging. History might tell a very different story had these been employed as rail guns fitted with a yoke instead. The lock on this volley gun was cast from an original using parts from The Rifle Shoppe. All 7 barrels are welded and soldered together, the stock is a figured walnut. Commodore Swab is pictured photo compliments of Gin. Circa late 1700's
Valued at $5000
In the late 1700's A gunsmith by the name of James Wilson invented a weapon capable of firing 7 barrels at the same time from a single lock. This Invention was produced by Henry Nock, later to be referred to as a "Nock Volley Gun" rifled as an experiment. After several examples were produced it was determined rifling was not necessary and the remainder were produced as smooth bores. Developing a tremendous discharge designed to be fired from the rigging there was a risk to setting your own vessels sails and rigging on fire while attempting to rain shot down on an enemy ships officers and personnel. However, used as a defensive weapon in the hands of an unarmed artillery crew this could have been a powerful weapon provided it was fitted with a pin to absorb the recoil. Built using Rifle Shoppe parts which were cast off originals this musket is 100% American built.