“Death to Maraa!”
This amazing rifle, an improvement on the Girandoni air rifle and various other Windbusches in Cavendia, uses compressed air stored in the cylinder of sheet iron that forms the stock of the gun. From this cylinder, riveted and sealed by brazing, the trigger releases blasts of compressed air, a propellant which hurls the projectiles without smoke, loud noise, muzzle flash, or recoil. This makes it a powerful stealth weapon.
Ammo: .46 caliber soft lead conical bullets, which Chadwick Yates prefers to carve with an X, to make it an expanding dumdum bullet
Capacity: Originally it could shoot 32 bullets at pressure by Mr. Bench’s design, though by the time of Chadwick Yates and the Cannibal’s Shrine, Yates finds there is only pressure for 28 shots.
Operation: Automatic (in Victorian terms, semi-automatic by modern standards). A new bullets is cycled from a tubular magazine into the firing chamber by mechanical contrivance with each pull of the trigger.
Sight(s): Two sight systems that require a slight tilt (rotation) of the gun to switch between: low power telescopic sight and ghost rings iron sights.
Other Notes: A hand pump requiring approximately 1,500 strokes is used to refill the wind rifle’s compressed air cylinder in the field, a task Yates does by the campfire or in periods of respite. Mr. Bench added rubber gaskets to seal the air cylinder. Formerly leather gaskets were used, which had to be kept wet, necessitating the addition of a dripping watering can fixed on the butt of the rifle. This had been done away with by the time of Chadwick Yates and the Cannibals Shrine.