Re: Musket Explosion
- Tut tut Pte Avery: you of all people should know the perils of relying on police press releases for things like spelling or correct
Combine that with a reporter whose sole experience handling a weapon was watching a Clint Eastwood movie and I think it's
entirely possible that the firearm in question could've been anything from a Brown Bess to an 1860s-era breech loader....
> 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.
- 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