My friend Giorgio in Italy tells me there is still some historical interest over there in use of smallbore “garden guns” for pest control on tiny urban garden plots inside walled compounds. The design intent was that they be short-ranged, having a mild report which doesn’t carry far which would disturb the neighbors. The shot must not carry far enough at high angles shooting birds to cause injury off the property. Maximum effective range was about 15 meters, but 10 meters would be optimum to harvest edible game and to cleanly kill the usual garden pest animals, rats, rabbits, etc.


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