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The Austrian 1770 model was named Windbüchse (literally "wind rifle" in German).

The Windbüchse carried twenty-two .51 caliber (13 mm) lead balls in a tubular magazine.

This is the time most historians recognize as the beginning of the modern air gun.

Throughout 17th to 19th century, air guns in calibers .30–.51, were used to hunt big-game deer and wild boar.

Moreover, they were quieter than a firearm of similar caliber, had no muzzle flash, and were smokeless.