Now you see it, now you don't!
Hello guys, Back in the mid 70's I purchased a Shilo Sharps 1863 percussion military rifle in .45. Taght myself how to prepare combustable ctg's. Several years later, I sent gun out to their new site in Montana to have dbl. set triggers installed, along with a very early flat styled eyepiece, tang sight. Now it looks like one of Berdans Sharps. One day I was out at range, and a young fellow was watching, I dropped lever & inserted paper ctg. in breech, closed breech block & placed musket cap on nipple. After firing, dropped block, blew through breech & inserted another round. After about the third shot, this guy starts yelling..."How do you do that??!!" Where did the cartridge go??!! I let him fire a few. He said he had never heard or seen anything like it befor in his life. I get a chuckle every time I think about it.
It's kind of funny though, when we were kids, we all of us were intensily interested in the War Between The States, we all read alot, & even though we never saw a percussion revolver of rifled musket "in the flesh" we all knew how they worked. We knew about the combustable skin nd linen ctgs. for revolvers & the early breechloaders. I guess most kids don't read anymore or have an interest in history, and thats kind of sad.