Into and question (underhammer)

Discussion in 'Blackpowder & Musket' started by Polar_Hunter, Feb 21, 2009.

  1. Polar_Hunter

    Polar_Hunter New Member

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    Hello, I'm a home shop machinist looking for a new direction in my hobby. I have been building, repairing, and modifying air guns for a long time and now I would like to get into BP rifles.

    I'm fascinated with some of the underhammer rifles that I have seen while surfing the net.

    My question is, what keeps the cap on the nipple when the gun is cocked? I haven't used any kind of a BP rifle myself. The only one that I had a close look at was one that I removed a stuck ball from. (the guys kid put one down the bore with no powder). It certainly would not retain the cap if turned upside down.

    TIA
     
  2. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

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    Welcome here. Someone who knows the answer should be around shortly.
     

  3. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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    Well, you have just put your finger on one of the drawbacks of underhammers. However, a cap the has been pinched slightly will hold on fairly well. They usually had a half cock that kept the hammer NEAR the cap, and was only cocked when ready to shoot. BTW, during the American Civil War, there was limited use of an underhammer BOLT action rifle- breech loader ball and cap style with a bolt, underhammer, and ellipsoidal rifling- made by Greener. Wierder than socks on a rooster.
     
  4. canebrake

    canebrake New Member

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    WELCOME Polar_Hunter, glad to have you here.

    I'm not a BP guy but you will have no problem finding help here on the FTF.
     
  5. woody-989

    woody-989 New Member

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    eathan allen pepperbox by hoppe's

    i was trying to get some imformation on this pistol to find out if it is a replica, and to see what it would be worth.
     
  6. Polar_Hunter

    Polar_Hunter New Member

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    I would be interested to see a photo of it if you can post one. :)