I had the opportunity to shoot my first black powder rifle this weekend, and it was an old style flintlock. I was at a friends shooting range, and a guy on the line had one. As this type of firearm I have zero familiarity with, I asked him about a million questions. He had built it from parts, which he acquired over time. Its his 3rd one. It was a .45 caliber one, I have no idea the model, so, please, dont ask .
The double trigger is intriguing, but really neat. I found that the delay, between the flash pan and the firing, at first, was odd. I have heard many people talk of it, I was aware of it, but, well, experiencing it was kind of cool. I shot twice, and, here are my observations, from a complete newb:
These rifles are actually surprisingly lights, for their size. I expected a beefier feel to it, with the length of the barrel, but it was actually quite manageable.
The delay between trigger pull & actual expulsion of the projectile forces one to have good shooting discipline. Flinching will assure a miss. Period.
This rifle was truly a work of art. Its asthetically pleasing to the eye, and something I may look into in the future
Now, I have a few questions. First, living in MA, we only have 3 ways to hunt; bow, shotgun, and black powder. I am planning on bowhunting this year, but, I think I may try black powder next year. I spoke with the gentleman who let me shoot his flintlock, and we discussed weather issues-primarily, rain when using it. Now, I know black powder & rain dont mix. But, how important is it to keep the flint & striker plate dry? This may seem like an obvious question, but, I honestly dont know, and didnt think to ask. If someone here uses a flintlock in inclement weather, what are the methods for keeping this dry? As much as I loved the flintlock, I think that, for now, I may be leaning more towards a cap & ball black powder, simply for the weather here, which can literally be anything during hunting season.
I am now hooked though. I am really looking into assembling one of these myself. It may be a project over time, but, I would love to own one of these someday, for fun, possibly hunting, and definitely for the artistry some of these posess!