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Old April 22, 2024, 08:06 PM   #1
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I finally put my Hand Gonne together

I bought this thing from Beagle years ago. It had just been sitting in a cabinet since. I recently read a post on another board of a fella shooting his .75 cal Handgonne. That Post gave me the motivation I needed to get the thing out and put a tiller on it. I went down to a friend of mine's Grits mill, Grits is just one of the things my buddy does at this place. He has literally everything I believe . Anyway, I walked into his wood shop with intention of turning a piece of hickory on the Lathe to make the tiller but I saw a piece of Purple heart laying in the corner. I asked about it and he said I could have it, and that it should make a great handle. He told me its as tough if not tougher than hickory. He wasn't wrong. Anyway we widdled out a tiller and installed it. I brought it home, sanded it to 320 and threw a coat of BLO on it. This wood is awesome looking. The Handgonne measures to .540" but I may bore it to .750 at some point. I'm gonna swing by a fireworks shop tomorrow and see if I can get some fuse. I may order an "S" lever to install on it and try a slow match. I'll report back if I can hit the broad side of a barn with it. At any rate it should be a hoot to play with.

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Old April 23, 2024, 05:03 AM   #2
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Nice. And it should be a hoot.
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Old April 23, 2024, 10:28 AM   #3
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Minute of Mass accuracy. I want one and should have made one when I was in school. Classmate bought a small axe and made a golf ball barrel he welded onto the axe.
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Old April 24, 2024, 04:32 PM   #4
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That's pretty cool! Nice wood on it too.

Gee, I wonder if it's my twin's Hand Gonne image that you saw, he's into anything that shoots blackpowder -- and he considers a flintlock as "modern" compared to all the older types he owns.

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Old April 24, 2024, 06:31 PM   #5
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It may have been. There is a pre flintlock section over there with some really cool stuff. Me" If it goes boom I like it. So may as well try one of these pole cannons
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