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Friday, January 20, 2012

Firelock Friday

I Need A Less Expensive Hobby!

Oh, the endless parade of tempting goodies from the gun retailers...

I'm telling ya, it's like being a kid in a candy store every single day. Always something new to tempt the eye and shred the wallet!!

Latest obsession: The blunderbuss!!

Offered by one of the online sporting goods retailers, for $300 you too can have your very own percussion blunderbuss!

Of course, you'd have to assemble it and finish the stock. Also, it's woefully inaccurate beyond arm's reach.

Still, it's the thought that counts!

I got to thinking about what you could stuff it with. A fistful of lead shot is the traditional load, but coach guards back in the day used whatever was handy, including pottery shards, old horseshoe nails and handfuls of pebbles tamped down with an old rag.

I'd like to go with the stack of dimes, but the bore on this thing is only .58 caliber. That kind of limits you.

Then, inspiration hit like a tiny little arrow!

Flechettes! I bet you could wrap a dozen of these with a bit of Scotch tape and slip it right down the barrel on top of a cork wad!

Hmmm... I've got an IRS refund due pretty soon. This requires some consideration!!

UPDATE: If you want one, they can be found at Sportsman's Guide!