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  • Rochester,Michigan
  • Muzzle loading firearms
  • Retired metallurgist


  • Posted in thread: A Problem With My Ruger Super Blackhawk on 10-16-2016 at 10:08 PM
    Just looked at my blue steel Ruger New Model Super Blackhawk which I bought in 1990. I really
    cannot tell whether it has a bushing pressed into the frame, about the firing pin or whether
    that is just ...

  • Posted in thread: Please help me ID my Brown Bess on 04-18-2016 at 04:07 PM
    Agree with RexProbably IndianGet the touch hole welded shut so no one can hurt themselves with
    itterrible choice of steel, I think welded hydraulic tubing & I have seen photos of a blown one
    with a re...

  • Posted in thread: Non-American Percussion Weapons? on 02-12-2016 at 04:31 PM
    Percussion ignition - which predates the cap - is best covered in Early Percussion Firearms by
    Lewis Winant. It is long out of print but can be found now & again on abebooks.comI believe he
    makes note...

  • Posted in thread: what was everyones first gun? on 11-23-2015 at 11:15 AM
    Marlin 39A, gift from Dad 1952. Still have & shoot it. (Smoother and more solid than my new-ish

  • Posted in thread: Need to ID a found musket on 10-20-2015 at 02:54 PM
    My best guess is that it is a trade musket, for the African trade. I would not know if it was
    German or Belgian, someone who knows African trade muskets should have an opinion.

  • Posted in thread: Gun Powder. on 10-24-2014 at 01:16 PM
    We have about seven centuries experience with black gunpowder (about 75% potassium nitrate,
    balance sulfur and charcoal).Exactly why would anyone want to use a highly corrosive powder in
    their muzzle ...

  • Posted in thread: Buying a new (better) muzzleloader on 04-27-2014 at 04:15 AM
    If you want a muzzle loading rifle that may stay in one piece when something goes wrong, get
    one from Pedersoli. They use much better steel. One may be had from, or from
    the Pedersol...

  • Posted in thread: Are you armed when at home? on 09-01-2012 at 01:31 PM
    I think it is time to end this thread.Rockets? Soap? Paranoia?Great image of responsible
    gun-carrying citizens.With respect to alcohol, I normally make it a rule never to touch any gun
    when I've had a...

  • Posted in thread: Are you armed when at home? on 06-13-2012 at 04:47 PM
    S&W snubbie stays in Levis loaded, then hang Levis beside the bed at night. Other than that
    never leave any loaded gun unattended, period. Live in a nice peaceful town about 9 miles from
    Pontiac (= 9 ...

  • Posted in thread: Antique Michigan guns on 05-18-2012 at 06:59 PM
    Another fellow & I published a book on Michigan Gunsmiths, mostly 19th century. We got up to
    about 900 names of men involved in the firearms trade.This is an on-going project with me.What
    I am looking...