Sunday, October 13, 2013

Sunday Morning...

Will have a full AAR of the black powder shoot shortly. I didn't bring the camera, so I'm relying on camera phone pictures and e-mailed pictures from others. There are other pictures forthcoming, the paying off of debts and such (and Nancy's Sweet Daughter is enjoying the concept FAR too much...)

Big thanks to my red-headed blog step-child Michael W. for putting on an awesome demonstration of black powder weaponry. We started off with my handgonne (thanks again to Joe Speer) for a discussion of primitive weaponry, then progressed to muskets, blunderbusses, rifles, and handguns.

One of the interesting things you don't realize from reading about black powder is just how weather-dependent it is. We had a light rain, and even though we were loading under a canopy, we saw a number of misfires and other weather-related issues from the water. While it was a nice learning experience for us, it demonstrated what an amazing advance something like a percussion cap must have been for soldiers.

And, not for nothing, we have pictures of Stretch firing a blunderbuss - with one hand...

That is all.

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5 comments:

Dave H said...

Hence the admonition, "keep your powder dry!"

Sounds like you had a good time, but it's hard not to when you're making things go "boom."

ASM826 said...

"All skill is in vain when an angel pisses in the touchhole of your musket.

GreyLocke said...

And that's why I also have Pyrodex handy in addition to 3F

Ed said...

Makes you understand more why bayonets are important.

Old NFO said...

Agree with ALL of the above... 50 BMG worked just fine for us! ;-)