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Getting Your Ears Burned

Discussion in 'Blackpowder' started by kwhi43@kc.rr.com, Mar 27, 2012.

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  1. kwhi43@kc.rr.com

    kwhi43@kc.rr.com Member

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    This is from a club in Ohio in the 1940's. But it clearly shows the danger of
    standing too close to a Flintlock. Bet that old boy had a few things to say!

    earsburn1.jpg
     
  2. Busyhands94

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    I need to make a mental note on this one. It seems like a good idea to always stand a good distance away from the touch hole even if I've got long hair that will protect my ears.

    Levi
     
  3. StrawHat

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    I believe the Brigade of the American Revolution required a diverter on the flash pan for just that reason.
     
  4. StrawHat

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    I noticed the fellow, second from the end on the right, blowing down the bore of his rifle. It helps kill embers and keeps the fouling moist.
     
  5. 4v50 Gary

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    Thanks for the video clipping. It helps me understand why soldiers didn't aim. They disn't have flash guards like the reenactors do. The blessings of modern technology are bountiful and abundant. :p
     
  6. Iggy

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    A knowledgeable FL shooter will migrate to the end of the line or say FLINTLOCK before firing just like the golfer says FORE!!
     
  7. infmp32

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    Yep. Just about all the big 18th century organizations do.
     
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    looked like that one feller had reamed out his touch hole. folks are always thinking that a touch hole drilled out to an eighth of an inch, or nipples drilled straight through are going to work better than the stock set-up, not realizing that there is a built in venturi that greatly aids ignition and is meant to be there.
     
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    I noticed at one BP shoot where the shooters were all in a long line of "alleys" that the flint guys would call "FLINT RIGHT" or "FLINT LEFT" before shouldering and shooting. And yes they did have two leftie flint guys with leftie flint rifles.
     
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