Cortina d'Ampezzo airgun

Cortina d'Ampezzo airgun

Joined: July 22nd, 2011, 4:46 am

December 13th, 2017, 11:37 am #1

The Celje Regional Museum came up with a high res picture, and some more info, of this bad boy.



total length 910 mm,
length of gun barrel 458 mm,
caliber 9,8 mm


I suspect that the loading method was by unscrewing the barrel and carefully fitting a ball into the breech, which would explain the large flat on the barrel.

With a relatively small .38 caliber, carefully fitted and patched ball in the breech, I think this guy would have excellent performance potential.


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Joined: September 4th, 2006, 10:01 pm

December 14th, 2017, 12:33 am #2

Just to add here what you said on the airgunbbs: "It is marked "Cortina d'Ampezzo" which is the hometown of Bartholomew Girardoni."

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Joined: July 22nd, 2011, 4:46 am

December 14th, 2017, 3:11 am #3

Thanks. By the time I got around to this post, I was thinking more about performance rather than it's interesting history.

Airguns known to have been constructed in Tyrol are extremely few and far between. They just don't exist in Tyrollean museums, for reasons I've explained before. Cortina d'Ampezzo was burned to the ground during the Napoleonic wars in retaliation for continued resistance. Then, anything that escaped that were burned on orders from the American army at the end of WWII. Two of the only three known Tyrollean air guns are located in museums outside of Tyrol. The other one is located in Cortina d'Ampezzo and appears to have been built by the apprentice of Girandoni (that unique airgun that demonstrates how to achieve variable power in these airguns)

I did remember to forward this picture and info to the museum director in Innsbruck.

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Joined: July 22nd, 2011, 4:46 am

December 25th, 2017, 2:33 am #4

Just to add here what you said on the airgunbbs: "It is marked "Cortina d'Ampezzo" which is the hometown of Bartholomew Girardoni."

The regional museum of Slovenia sent me a Xmas email stating that they will take more pictures of this historic airgun and send them to me in the New Year.

Certainly something to look forward to.

And, yes, Cortina d'Amprezzo was the hometown of Girardoni.
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