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Black Powder Shooting / Re: Firing by File, the Boy Scout Way
« Last post by Gtrubicon on Today at 01:43:43 AM »
That’s really neat, I’d of loved something like that when I was a kid!
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Black Powder Shooting / Firing by File, the Boy Scout Way
« Last post by Bob Gerard on Today at 01:40:24 AM »
Today we finished another fantastic summer teaching the basics of Muzzleloading shooting to the Scouts at Camp Raven Knob. Each week has a new group of Scouts from near and far who spend a week in the "Mountain Man Program". On each Tuesday they get the full immersion of Muzzleloading training by our team in loading and shooting both patched Round Ball and Minnie Ball. The end of each day we have a few fun Volley Fires and Firing by Files, using both Muskets and rifles (for the smaller kids).
Its a wonderful experience and these kids go home with memories to last a lifetime.
Here's their parting volley in a fine Feu de joie


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Contemporary Longrifle Collecting / Re: Homer Dangler Rifles
« Last post by Mike Brooks on Today at 01:30:10 AM »
I have VHS tapes that he made, one set on building a long rifle and a set on how to carve a long rifle.
My wife bought them for me as an Xmas gift in the 1990's.
She told me that when she called to order them that both Homer and his wife treated her like a long-lost friend.
Someone gave me one of those tapes years ago. I never saw more than five minutes of it before I fell asleep. Watching Homer make guns was like watching paint dry.
Wow,don’t holdback….lol. That was before YouTube, he was kinda ahead of his time
Anybody that could cobble together a gun was making videos for sale then, hardly cutting edge. Jim Klien once told me he made more Homer Dangler guns than Homer Dangler did.
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Contemporary Accoutrements / Southern horns
« Last post by j. pease on Today at 12:13:17 AM »
Here are horns I just finished for the CLA. 2 are Randolph Co NC horns, a Tennessee and a North Georgia







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Contemporary Accoutrements / Pressed horns
« Last post by j. pease on Today at 12:10:37 AM »
Here are 4 flat horns I just finished. Taking to CLA

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Thank you, Mike! That’s very kind of you. I appreciate the encouragement.
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Gun Building / Another spring (Frizzen this time) question
« Last post by Steeltrap on July 23, 2024, 11:55:57 PM »
I'm fitting the frizzen to the pan and polishing up surfaces along the way.

I'm somewhat perplexed by my frizzen spring where it mates with the frizzen "foot". I've polished the spring and the frizzen foot twice now... but just through working it to fit the pan, the spring (and foot) get this gouge in both. I know the pic doesn't show the entire surface\gouge area so I don't know how much the pic helps.

The pic below shows some of it as I took this pic when I was close to polishing it out. I use 220-grit, then 340-grit, then I have a piece of 5,000 grit that I use to mirror up the surface.

Is the spring metal too soft?  Do I need to harden the spring?

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Contemporary Longrifle Collecting / Re: Leonard Day Wheellock
« Last post by Flint62Smoothie on July 23, 2024, 11:51:40 PM »
I have one of those wheelocks myself. it is based on precise castings of the original, which was authorized by the museum board.
Well unfortunately that claim is not reality, as Dr. Phil Schreier himself, the NRA Museum Director, told me just today that he’s been there 35-years and at no time has any such lock ever had castings made from the original, plus he has he also has never heard of Leonard Day.

FWIW, I’ve had a few mutual communications with both Phil and Garry James about antique arms, as well as talked with and visited with Leonard a few times, about other historical (or faked) arms like the Minuteman matchlock and the alleged Hannah Dustin musket that Cowans sold, where the original was still owned by the family.

For all practical purposes the late Mr. Day made his own casts, as I have other locks from him (matchlocks & doglocks) that were fabricated from casts. But most likely the wheelie was cast from another Italian lock mimicking the size/shape of the original. Whereas I collect original wheellocks, I have in front of me 2 such examples that also appear to be ‘close’ too.
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Gun Building / Re: Gravers for brass parts?
« Last post by Heidinnprudr on July 23, 2024, 11:45:37 PM »
Thank you gentlemen,

Have ordered the Schippers book and a set of basic gravers. Not too worried about sharpening, pretty keen at chisel and blade sharpening.

Yes JTR, hammer and push is the plan. Thanks

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