Black Powder and Flintlock Guns

Larry Pletcher, has been created to be the resource for muzzleloading gun enthusiasts to share information about the sport, the enjoyment, and craft of black powder and flintlock guns.

You'll find articles on flintlock testing, gun makers, gun safety, competitive shooting, tips, tricks and much more. We always welcome feedback and readers' stories. Bookmark us and visit often.

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Flintlock Lube Test

In choosing to do this experiment, I will look only at how the lubes affect lock speeds. Others have examined a lubes resistance to rust formation. Many lubes have been suggested. I will try to choose thse that are widedly used or represent a group of lubricants.

The text here is in progress. It's kind of like diary entries showing all the problems associated with a test of this kind. I'll straighten it up later.

January 14, 2013 | Comments (0)

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A Study in Lock Timing

"A Study in Lock Timing" was originally a part of the Journal of Historical Armsmaking Technology, published by the NMLRA in 1991. It is reproduced here with permission from the NMLRA.,

I'd like to thank Gary Brumfield for his encouragement and advice during the data collecting and writing of this article.

December 2, 2012 | Comments (0)

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Martin's Station Rifle Project

Martin's Station is thought of as a great place to view and become involved in living history. Their calendar is filled with living history activities for the observer as well as the re-enactor. In the midst of these experiences is a great new project.

August 12, 2011 | Comments (0)

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NMLRA 1 of 1000 Endowment

The NMLRA's "1 of 1000 Endowment Program" was the brain child of former president Merrill Deer. He hoped to find 1000 members who would each contribute $1000, to support the NMLRA. The funds go into a restricted endowment fund.

David Wright's painting, "The Spirit of America" will be used to support the program in a variety of ways.

August 2, 2011 | Comments (0)

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Traditional Arts & Arms Making Workshop

Held at Conner Prairie Interactive History Park in Noblesville, Indiana, this program is in its 22 year. Keep the dates October 8-14 2011 in mind -- classes fill quickly.

317-776-6006 or 800-966-1836

July 25, 2011 | Comments (0)

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Events Calendar

This page will try to keep up with the various muzzleloading events about to happen.

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Black Powder Resources

This page contains web addresses and emails of interest to muzzleloading enthusiasts. The list is likely to change as names are added and addresses are updated.

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Recent Articles

Choosing a Wooden Ramrod

October 12, 2006 | Comments (0)

Examine the grain when selecting a wooden ramrod...... Read: Choosing a Wooden Ramrod

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Chuck Dixon Chats with Black Powder Mag

November 10, 2008 | Comments (0)

Tom Curran caught Chuck Dixon in the shop and collected this interview for Black Powder Mag. Even if you know Chuck you are likely to learn more listening to the interview. (Larry Pletcher) Chuck Dixon Chats with Black Powder Mag

Reaves Goehring: supplier of fine riflemaking castings

August 27, 2008 | Comments (0)

Riflemakers look to Reaves Goehring for the best castings for their flintlocks. His care in providing the correct parts for the various schools of muzzloading makes him widely respected. Reaves tells Tom Curran some of his story. This interview takes place on July 27, 2008, at Dixon’s Gunmaker’s Fair, Kempton, PA, Reaves Goehring: supplier of fine riflemaking castings

Riflemaker, Homer Dangler talks with Black Powder Mag

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One cannot think of flint riflemakers without including Homer Dangler. A maker of muzzleloaders for decades, Homer is widely respected for his work. Riflemaker, Homer Dangler talks with Black Powder Mag