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Wogdon duellers - bent barrels
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Robert Wogdon became wealthy selling dueling pistols with bent barrels.  The idea was that by bending the barrel he could make the flight path of the ball parallel to the sight line without mounting a tall front sight.  The question is: Was it just a sales gimmick or did it really work?
Clearly it wouldn't make much difference in a duel - a torso is a pretty big target - but if you could bull's-eye targets at the common dueling distances in the public shooting galleries, you might make a potential challenger think twice. At any rate, they were very popular and Wogdon retired wealthy.
Has anyone out there shot a Wogdon dueler to compare it with a conventional pistol of the era (tapered barrel)?
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