- From: "terry1813" <tlubka@...>
> > From: "Leonard E Heidebrecht" <lheidebrecht@L...>Terry:
> > " ... a woman in the Kitchener Ont area, ... injured by a musket ... "
> > ..............
> Yes and this leads to a whole series of questions. Was the guy using
> black powder or modern powder? Did he put a ball down the muzzle? If
> so was it rammed all the way?
> The article also states that the owner's legally owned and stored
> other firearms were removed by the police. Why?
> Now I just hope that some nutbar politician in Ottawa does not use
> this incident as a rallying cry to legislate flintlocks into some
> kind of stupid law.
Today on the Kitchener radio station they sort of answered your
" Was the guy using black powder or modern powder? "
The guy was a black powder shooter, so we assume he used black powder
" Did he put a ball down the muzzle? If so was it rammed all the way?"
Apparently no ball was in the barrel
" The article also states that the owner's legally owned and stored
other firearms were removed by the police. Why? "
- part of the investigation, according to the radio
" Now I just hope that some nutbar politician in Ottawa does not use
this incident as a rallying cry to legislate flintlocks into some kind of
Agreed, this or any accident with flint locks could close the door
on flintlock use in Canada.
- In reviewing my message #13236 below, I must admit I don't think it
is particularly appropriate to the discussion. Teddy was discussing
artillery. We are talking about muskets or rifles.
But I would say that the reproductions we use have modern
steel barrels of much greater strenght than the originals. And being
recent, have not suffered the depredations of time, neglect and
uncertain maintenance. Anyone using a 150 year old plus original in
re-enactment is an accident waiting to happen.
--- In WarOf1812@y..., "colsjtjones2000" <colsjtjones2000@y...> wrote:
> Teddy Roosevelt in his "The Naval War of 1812" mentions the
> of breech explosions of American forged guns, due to structual
> problems in American foundries. Doug
> --- In WarOf1812@y..., Angela Gottfred <agottfre@t...> wrote:
> > We needn't look to modern explanations (e.g. use of smokeless
> powder) for
> > exploding muskets. Sadly, I have found many fur trade accounts of
> > hands and arms as a result of exploding trade guns, c. 1800-1820.
> Why did
> > they explode? Presumably as a result of incorrect loading or weak
> > The same problems can occur today.
> > In haste,
> > Your humble & obedient servant,
> > Angela Gottfred