was watching the history channel and saw a demonstration of this monster.. the man was lying face down in the punt with two small paddles in his hands looking straight through a sight of a rifle which resembled a cannon and he was looking for waterfowl... took him several minutes to load the gun and even longer to mount it then once he was all set up for a shot it took him even longer to aim, since he only had one shot at it. the weirdest hunting practice i ever saw..
just thought i'd share it, for those have never seen it.
"A punt gun is a type of extremely large shotgun used in the 19th and 20th centuries for shooting large numbers of waterfowl for commercial harvesting operations. Punt guns were usually custom-designed and so varied widely, but could have bore diameters up to 2 inches. A single shot could kill a whole flock of waterfowl resting on the water's surface. They were too big to hold and the recoil so large that they were mounted directly on the punts used for hunting, hence their name. Hunters would maneouvre their punts quietly into line and range of the flock using poles or oars to avoid startling them. To improve efficiency hunters could work in fleets of up to around ten punts.
In the United States, this practice depleted stocks of wild waterfowl and by the 1860s most states had banned the practice. The Lacey Act of 1889 banned the transport of wild game across state lines, and the practice of market hunting was outlawed by a series of federal laws in 1918. There are few punt guns remaining.
The fourth Tremors film featured a punt gun used by Hiram Gummer to combat monstrous worms. This punt gun was custom built for the film and was 8 feet 4 inches long, weighed 94 pounds, and had a bore of 2 inches (classified as "A gauge" by the Gun Barrel Proof Act of 1868)."