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Old 11-20-2010, 11:28 PM   #1
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Default Southpaw flintlock hazards

I'm sure this has been brought up before but I can't seem to find any info. I'm interested in a particular Brown Bess musket but I'm a southpaw & I'm not comfortable shooting righty. I know there are southpaw rifles made in flintlock but as a history buff I'd prefer a musket. Any past experiences that I should know about before I make a purchase?

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Old 11-21-2010, 01:15 AM   #2
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DO NOT SHOOT A STANDARD FLINTY LEFTY.

Getting the bits of frizzen out of your cheek is pretty straightforward- they are magnetic- but the bits of flint are much harder, and you may be mistaken for a Maori tribesman with the powder tattoos on that side of your face from the priming pan.

For the sake of historical accuracy, you might consider doing what His Majesty's Army did- find a large, beefy, ruddy complexion man with a voice akin to a foghorn, who will berate you to put the bloody firelock on the other bloody shoulder, you sorry bleeding handless clot! (or words to that effect)

Have seen a few left handed rifles, cannot recall seing a lefty musket. Of course, given enough time, money, and a fully equipped tool & die maker's shop, anything is possible.

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shooting left handed, that would sure get your attention.

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That's unfortunate but thanks for the info. I'm curious though; what about those old twin-flint fowling pieces?

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