Re: [WarOf1812] Re: Musket Explosion
- In my experience, most folks don't know the difference between a musket
and a rifle, especially news people
Also, you have to remember this about ANY news story---
After sitting down, reading and analyzing any given news item, you will
get a pretty good idea of what DIDN'T happen.
> --- In WarOf1812@y..., Vince Wilding <vince@V...> wrote:ADVERTISEMENT
> > Is this the story you're talking about?
> > http://www.therecord.com/news/news_020104976.html
> > --
> > Vince Wilding (Splotch, Fuzzee & Minnie's Majordomo)
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> > I don't suffer from insanity. I enjoy every minute of it.
> If the weapon was 150 years old and a rifle, isn't it likely it was
> not a flintlock at all but a percussion model? Most journos on
> smaller papers these days are young females who don't know much about
> the nuances of firearms.
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- 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