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The most common long-arm on the Victorian goldfield in 1854 was the muzzle-loading shotgun. It was often called a 'gun' or fowling piece. The shotgun was either single-barrelled or double-barrelled. The most common ammunition for the shotgun was loose buckshot.[1]

Michael Tuohy carried a double-barrelled shotgun in his possession as he attempted to flee from the Eureka Stockade.[2]


  1. Blake, Gregory, To Pierce the Tyrant's Heart,Australian Military History Publications, 2009, p.213.
  2. Blake, Gregory, To Pierce the Tyrant's Heart, Australian Military History Publications, 2009, p.176.