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Default There "ain't" enough Black Powder stuff here.

So please let me add some of my stuff. I love muskets. I truly see them as the founding tools of this great country we live in. And let me tell you, I was born here but I grew up in Italy.

Only 10 months ago "I came back" here to the USA, and I'm here to stay with wife and kids.

So, I bought me a gift and a symbolic one: George Washington's commemorative flintlocks. These are copies (replicas) of a 1748 couple of flintlocks said to be GW's favourite flintlocks.

It's my gift for my own independence, my own freedom (and the one of my children, about to become American Citizens because of me now being a tax paying resident here in the Republic of California).

On the next 4th of July, I'll make sure to make some noise with these (just powder, no ball).

Love you America - thank you with all of my heart,

Filippo F. Olivieri, Born in Dallas, Texas the 5th of April 1968.


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You're absolutely correct, there is a distinct lack of smoke poles here.

Beautiful pair of pistols, nice display!
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Nice pistols SoloDallas! Welcome back to the USA! Your reason for buying them is really cool, I love the history.

To help add some black powders, here is a pic. of a couple of my pistols, an 1851 Navy & 1860 Army, both Pietta replicas in .44 caliber (ironically these are also from Italy )

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Nice looking flintlock pistols SoloDallas.
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Great responses!

Let's put some more meat on the grill. I "gots" more.

Don't know about you, but I have always massively been into "Brown Besses".
Here's two of the sizes (got more).


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Love the Pics everyone! Nice eye candy!
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I'll toss mine out there :
A Winchester X-150 / .50 Cal B.P.
With Bushnell Trophy 3-9x 40mm XLT Scope

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Here's my .50 cal's:
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Nice to see you guys.

"Moar".


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Gotta love Brown Bess.
My favourite musket of ever.


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How about a couple of Colts (repo's)

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Oh well.
Time for more.


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I must admit that my collection is a little light in the blackpowder area, but I do have one. This is a Model 1861 Springfield made in 1862. I have provenance that ties it to a solider in the 10th Connecticut Volunteers.





Although, it comes to mind that this rifle was produced for blackpowder.


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Holy. Cow.
Light? I'd say your collection has weight.

Thanks.
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I've always loved the look of Brown Besses (and muskets), but if I got one it'd just be to "add to the collection" since I have no experience shooting BP
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Brown Bess. It's THE musket.
From top to bottom, 2nd model (short), Carbine and Ship's Carbine.
I hear what you say 09cs; it's not that I - too - have all that time to dedicate to Black Powder (time consuming).

But boy, aren't they gorgeous, historically meaning AND fun.


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They're mixed in with the newer toys but they're there up on the top. '63 Wm Mason contract rifle-musket, Smith Carbine and 5th Model Burnside Carbine.
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Gorgeous wood.
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Wow! Nice collection SoloDallas!
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Where can one get those George Washington flintlocks of the kind that actually work. Google is giving me lots of hits on non-firing replicas, but nothing on something that can really fire.
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Where can one get those George Washington flintlocks of the kind that actually work. Google is giving me lots of hits on non-firing replicas, but nothing on something that can really fire.
Unfortunately, nowhere. I had to wait a few years (once I found out they existed) to find a couple for sale.
They were made in 1976(!) for the Bicentennial of the Independence.
They are supposed to be George Washington's favourite flintlocks and thus, they have been reproduced.

About 950 pairs were made back then, mine are number 250 and I got them by checking repeatedly on Gunbroker.

Good luck!

(THANKS everyone for checking in!)
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Not a George Washington flintlock but another bicentennial rifle this time a H&R Officers Model Springfield. 45-70 and for me BP only.

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Tom,
that's great!

(been trying to capture that fly on the screen for a few seconds before I realised I was an idiot!)
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My dad bought a pair of them consecutive serial numbers I have one and my brother has the other. Mine will go to my oldest grandson.
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My dad bought a pair of them consecutive serial numbers I have one and my brother has the other. Mine will go to my oldest grandson.
Couldn't imagine better recipients Sir.
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Those are some great smoke poles. I will have to take some pictures of mine together and post them ASAP.
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Meanwhile,
let's post up some "moar".

Brown Besses (different angle)

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Various

IMG_9638-2 by SoloDallas, on Flickr

(the rubber musket was screen used on Pirates of The Caribbean)

This was back in Rome (when I lived there)

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Same as used on "The Sharpe" TV Series

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3rd Dragoon and two .50 Cal. front stuffers.
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Gorgeous.
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Wow, I am surprised you were allowed to have that much firepower in Italy... Was it simple to get the permits, etc?
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Wow, I am surprised you were allowed to have that much firepower in Italy... Was it simple to get the permits, etc?
I know.
Yes. Had everything. Took me a year of chasing after public offices (to get it all done, between the gun permits, mental and physical exams, paying the taxes, ... ) but I made it.

I also had to pass an exam to shoot black powder!

But that's the way it is there.
Now, on certain particular aspects Italy is even less strict than California:

- short barrel rifles can be had (once you have your generic gun permit) up (or down) to 12"
- you can buy any amount of guns (rifles, pistols) any given day and take them home immediately

Once you have the not easy to achieve gun permit - in substance - life is relatively easy (you still have to go to the police department every time you buy more guns or ammo, within 72 hours of purchase, and fill out papers).

California was kind of surprising even for me.
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Are you more interested in historical arms, or were you restricted from having newer ones, like the ar-15?
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Are you more interested in historical arms, or were you restricted from having newer ones, like the ar-15?
Oh no, once you get your gun license, you're not restricted on any firearm (just like here in the USA, though more like the rest of the states rather than California!).

You're only seeing a smaller part of the collection in that image - the older guns. Newer ones were in the safe (AR15s, etc.)
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Thats pretty cool. I was in a layover in Germany, once, and was floored by the sweet magazines about guns they had. I was wondering if it was eye candy or if you could get the stuff. Interesting to finally know.
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How about full auto, is that off limits?
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How about full auto, is that off limits?
Oh that is completely out of the question EVERYWHERE in Europe.
No gun ranges can even dream of it. Nope. Nothing. Not gonna happen.

Now, you asked me about Germany.
Germany has stricter rules than Italy, from what I'm told.
It's really hard to own guns there. Let alone carry: no one carries.
Same in France. Even rarely where it's proven you need a gun for personal protection, they won't issue the license to you. A bit like here in California, depending where one lives.

But there it's truly much worse. So Germany is off limits.
They have wonderful magazines and a great story of an industry making arms (Walther, Heckler & Koch, Mauser etc.) but the civilians have always been prohibited to own them as freely as it is here in the US (with the exception of a few states now)
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Heard the place to be as a gun owner in Europe is Switzerland.
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Heard the place to be as a gun owner in Europe is Switzerland.
Only that one.

All the rest is doomed.


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