I've looked through the site and the majority of them say they've been proof tested, but coincidently the one that looks most appealing to me doesn't have this wording in the description of the gun. what's your opinion on this gun? 1796 Heavy Dragoon carbine this is what I mean about the proof testing guarantee on other guns on the same site: http://www.loyalistarms.freeservers.com/british174050carbine.html(at the very bottom, this is lacking in the one I want) also, does the barrel length make that much of a difference in a musket? other than possibly losing a little velocity from a shorter barrel, I don't think it would make much difference, right? this one has a 26" barrel where I know a normal musket goes from 30-46" barrel. I like the short barrel since I'm in brushy country where a shorter barrel is a premium and a long barrel is a serious burden. what's your opinion on this issue? PS: if I had the choice, I'd delete my other two threads on here for manners sake, but the site doesn't allow that.