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Earl Burlin

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PostSubject: Flintlock musket safety?   Flintlock musket safety? EmptyFebruary 14th 2016, 1:12 pm

Hello all!

So if someone wanted to get a repro or original military flintlock musket, and make authentic paper cartridges for it, AND wanted to load the "original" way, how safe would that be?

Of course, when loading the military flintlock the user puts the gun on half cock and uses some of the powder from the cartridge to prime the pan. Then, he dumps the rest of the powder and stuff the ball and paper down the bore, ramming it home with the ramrod.

While all of this is happening, the gun is at half cock and the pan is full of powder! pale

So, it seems to me that getting one of these guns and loading it in the historical military manner with paper cartridges and a cartridge box, would be wholly unsafe. At any time when the hands are in front of the muzzle, the half cock notch could break or slip, sending the flint down to the pan and possibly discharging the musket. I would imagine the shooter would be crippled for life from this. This is also one of the reasons why I am considering skipping a flintlock musket and instead going with an percussion smoothbore musket like the U.S. Springfield M1842.

I'd love to hear your thoughts on this everyone. Thanks!  Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Flintlock musket safety?   Flintlock musket safety? EmptyFebruary 24th 2016, 2:41 am

so far I have never heard of anyone coming to harm but if it were me I think I would pretend I was priming before loading the barrel and prime after. I do know a flint lock can fire without priming powder being in the pan. now I know it doesn't happen often but it can and does happen. wow my first post I really love flintlock rifles. but then I never met a rifle I didn't like. even old rusty rifles are fun. especially to learn the history of it. 1853enfield
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PostSubject: Re: Flintlock musket safety?   Flintlock musket safety? EmptyFebruary 24th 2016, 7:11 am

The local Seminole War reenactment only allows 2F for the propellant. It is large enough not to trickle through the touchhole into the pan but they were issued paper cartridges so it probably didn't matter.
The participants had a bunch of "pan pops" using it.

However, I noticed one guy whose gun went off every time. Afterwards, I looked at it. He had a vent liner drilled out to about 1/8". The hole looked gigantic.


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