Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Moar PIRATEHAWK! News!

Commenter and Squirrel Report regular Bradley attended the black powder shoot this past weekend, and not only was it a pleasure to meet him, but he was nice enough to share a couple videos from the weekend with us:



This is a video of Stretch firing the blunderbuss one-handed. Notice how that gigantic firearm barely even moves in Stretch's hand. Like I said, I'm glad he's on our side...

There's another point encapsulated in Stretch's video that I want to expound upon. Notice that when he pulls the trigger, the hammer falls and there is a noticeable lag between the *click* of the hammer falling and the ignition of the powder. This has to do with the amount of powder in the frizzen pan as well as how the powder is positioned. And it stone-cold messed me the hell up - I was CONSTANTLY shooting VERY low, because I would pull the trigger and already be lowering the firearm as it went off...

Like in this video:



I do like how I'm using the classic bullseye shooter stance for one handed shooting, even though I haven't the faintest idea where the round is going to go... Shooting black powder is such a radically different experience than shooting modern firearms that it's really difficult to adequately convey just how different the two are. Shooting a modern firearm is boring, almost mechanical after the delicate ballet involved in loading and firing a black powder weapon. Add powder. Add ball (or shot). Compact shot and powder to ensure ignition. Put powder in pan to ignite the powder in the firearm. Wipe down the flint and the frizzen. Hope it's not too wet out. Fire (Maybe).

Again, mad thanks to Dr. Mike for the guns, ammo, and instruction!

That is all.

4 comments:

Roger said...

The ignition delay with a flintlock is why they are known as "flinchlocks".
The Click - - Boom is a feature, not a bug.

Nancy R. said...

I learned to shoot with flintlocks. Now y'all know why I tend to slap the trigger and don't grok sights.

Old NFO said...

Heh, yep QUITE different... And anticipation is NOT a good thing with a flintlock!

Geodkyt said...

A good flintlock rifle (or a fowler for wing shooting) WILL teach you followthrough. . . or make you give up shooting altogether. . .