A blunderbuss is a muzzle-loading firearm with a flared, trumpet-like barrel and is the predecessor to the shotgun. Most of these weapons are mid-sized, being smaller than most shoulder-fired arms, but larger than a pistol. A blunderbuss can fire multiple balls simultaneously, and generally discharges its entire load at once. This made the blunderbuss the ideal weapon for boarding ships. This 18th Century English Flintlock replica features an engraved butt plate and furniture, with a unique, flared, and elaborately engraved barrel.