Punch,  39 (1860), 10.

The Umbrella Rifle



Essay, Drollery


Military Technology, War

    Describes Mr Punch's 'Umbrella Rifle', in which he seeks to interest the newly-formed volunteer force. This weapon enables users to 'shield them[selves] from a soaking while it provides them with the means of opening a hot fire'. It consists of an umbrella attached to the rifle muzzle and has been designed to save uniforms from being damaged by rain and damp soldiers from paying doctors' bills.

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