Re: Exploding Musket
- After reading the analysis report and the other statements,
I can only conclude after 27 years of live and blank firing that ,
in the absence of a metallurgical flaw, the only way a barrel would
explode as illustrated would be if the barrel was fouled to the
point that enough pressure would build up to explode the tube. Come
on folks, this is not a matter of where or how it was manufactured...
the user is pretty much guaranteed to be part of the problem here. If
you can "ping" your musket with a ram rod , there is enough clear
bore to allow the pressure from 100 grains of powder to exit the
barrel without rupturing the tube.
Proper education and CLEANING the musket after every firing,
including taking the lock off and cleaning inside the lock cavity
will prevent accidents of this sort. I have met several younger ( and
not so young) reenactors who are "too tired to clean their musket",
and those of us with an Armed Forces background know that you clean
your weapon before and after firing, before storing it and after
taking it out of storage. Unit safety officers are the front line for
preventing the preventable!
My 2 cents worth,
--- In WarOf1812@yahoogroups.com, "Len Heidebrecht"
> Hello List,
> As some may have heard, a musket at one of the Rev War events this
> summer suffered a catastrophic breech failure while using only
> The lab analysis is in an all should have a look at it:
> Basically, poor cleaning (including not using a ram rod) would
> to the major culpert in this incedent. The lab report also speaksto
> our non-use of ram rods in firing.and
> The parties involved have been very good in keeping people informed
> hopefully litigation will not be an issue.