arma virumque cano (et alia)
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My brother and I were discussing flintlocks yesterday. Next week is Ohio's deer gun season. My family likes to use muzzleloading rifles instead of the latest, grandest smokepoles, but we use "new fangled" muzzleloaders with percussion caps. My brother does have a flintlock and is considering hunting with it this year instead of using the more modern 1830's technology.
A beautiful piece of machinery whose design comes from an elegant age--thanks for the link.
FatWhiteMan:I'm told that the whold "muzzleloader" craze was a reaction to states prohibiting hunting with rifles for deer and other game. NY has a crazy quilt of hunting zones where rifles, shotguns and bows may be used in some mix. A number of hunters I know have family property or hunting camps in one zone as well as hunting leases in other zones.I haven't talked to a hunter who uses a bow, in addition to a gun, who goes hunting with a bow during gun season (there is overlap). This article:"http://www.chuckhawks.com/shotgun_slugs.htm" gets into some detail (which I would guess you don't need to learn, but I find it interesting).
This:'NY has a crazy quilt of hunting zones where rifles, shotguns and bows may be used in some mix." should have included muzzleloaders.
Democommie,Besides which, it's just plain fun to shoot a blackpowder gun--the thundering boom, the smell of sulphur, the joy of anachronism: fun.
Did anyone notice the name on that gun?
LOTT is apparently the name that an Italian manufacturer stamped on the lockwork to make it look more authentic. This all happened in the 1960s. These days, the Italians do make decent reproduction blackpowder firearms.
Does the "Lott" mean it's a replica, then?
I think that it is. The link is to a site run by a man who recreates the eighteenth century life in Australia. I doubt that he'd fire a genuine antique, since they're worth a lot of money and tend to be fragile. The LOTT name has been used on replicas.