I have an important request to make

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I have an important request to make

RedWolf
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20 Feb 2014, 21:05 #1

Hello all.
I have for some time now been in the process of writing a book about black powder firearms. I have learned a lot from y'all, and was wondering if y'all would mind my using the information I have gleaned from y'all in my book? I will gladly give due credit to the members of this forum, as I intend to do anyways, regardless of the outcome of this post.

Also, I would be most grateful for any sources of information that y'all could provide to me, as my own collection is potent, but small, and I wish to provide accurate information regarding the history, developments, and methods of use of these historic firearms.

Kind of going out on a limb here.

I also have a knack for finding obscure businesses that sale supposedly working and fairly accurate reproductions of many of these arms. I have been considering sending out requests to possibly review some of these for my book, and possibly trying to get articles published on them in more conventional sources.

I have come to greatly appreciate and rely on the members of this forum for sound and knowledgeable advice, and I am not afraid to now beg for more of the same.

My thanks, and good tidings to all.
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Le_Loup
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20 Feb 2014, 22:53 #2

I do not have a problem with you using my material so long as you make sure the quote is correct & the info up to date. I have been doing this for a long time now, & I have a lot of old posts still out there.
Just a suggestion: Use the right terminology for gun parts as used in their particular period, which is different to what they are called today. You can still put the modern term in brackets, such as (Frizzen).
Here is the name of some original books that I use Red Wolf: An Essay On Shooting 1789. and The Shooter's Guide 1816. Check out the modern books by Sam Fadala.
Make sure you double check everything, a mistake in this subject could be dangerous. Get someone else to read through it for you, several people if you can.
Feel free to ask questions here, probably best in the "Period Guns" forum, that way everyone can learn.
Best of luck mate.
Keith.
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I took the one less traveled by,
and that has made all the difference.

Robert Frost.

Captain, Armidale NSW Australia chapter.
http://woodsrunnersdiary.blogspot.com.au/
http://australiansurvivalandpreppers.blogspot.com.au/
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RedWolf
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23 Feb 2014, 19:52 #3

My thanks. I have been having several people read and discuss my writings with me so, so that has been a huge help.
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RedWolf
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02 Apr 2014, 15:07 #4

I managed to pick up a copy of Essay on Shooting! I have read about a dozen pages so far, and have already picked out some very cool information that should help me with both my book and forge. Many thanks, LeLoup.
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RedWolf
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02 Apr 2014, 17:26 #5

I would like to thank you further in this manner. After reading somewhat farther into the Essay, ideas that I had roughly formed based upon my experiences and understandings have found the needed voice of experience to polish the words smooth. I cannot express enough how much of a boon this you have done me in this manner.
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Le_Loup
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02 Apr 2014, 23:09 #6

RedWolf wrote:I would like to thank you further in this manner. After reading somewhat farther into the Essay, ideas that I had roughly formed based upon my experiences and understandings have found the needed voice of experience to polish the words smooth. I cannot express enough how much of a boon this you have done me in this manner.
My pleasure my friend, & the best of luck with your book. Keep us up to date if you have the time.
Regards, Keith.
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I took the one less traveled by,
and that has made all the difference.

Robert Frost.

Captain, Armidale NSW Australia chapter.
http://woodsrunnersdiary.blogspot.com.au/
http://australiansurvivalandpreppers.blogspot.com.au/
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHEOMS ... _as=public
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RedWolf
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03 Apr 2014, 02:40 #7

Well, it's coming along. Wanting to be sure to be as historically correct as possible has slowed me up considerably, but I the richer for it. I set out with an ambitious goal, and so far have been satisfied within the limits of rough drafting. I have made my way up to the Matchlock, after an exhaustive study of every possible blackpowder firearm ever for reference material. The lovely lack of consensus and available resources available on the earliest firearms has been a continual pain in the ass that will hopefully help me in the end.

In trying to re-research things that I knew, learned over the years from random study and discussions with people such as yourselves, I have a broad working knowledge of my content, but no point to resources for much of it, unfortunately. I can say, however, that any followup on trying to disprove my "lack" of resource material will lead you to precisely the information I am presenting, so I am not sweating as much as I could. Hard process, writing. Fortunately, my plan from the beginning has been to write for the common man and the living historian, so I do not have the irritatingly hard to decipher collegiate form to conform to.

The lack of resources has in some ways been a boon. Instead of trying to figure out how to rip off another mans work without seeming to rip it off, there has been ample room for my own conclusions and drawn parallels to come out, often in surprising ways from a personal standpoint. Partially because of a stupidly Scots-Irish stubborn streak that demands a quality examination of all the data on the subject, not just the accepted or readily available "conventional wisdom" pitfalls the historical community has become rife with in the name of making a paycheck. I have done my best to research the weapons as they are found in both the East and West.

I am following the path of a detailed historical overview of the black powder firearm, a short chapter for each evolution that the firearm makes. Due to external factors, I have so far only written the rough draft of my manuscript up to the Matchlock, not including the dozens of pages that failed muster. Each chapter will include as many of the period names for each of the "Locks" as possible so that a person can research them further. That has been 3/4 of the battle.

I then plan to cover, by evolution, the correct accessories associated with each evolution, as best as I can. Then a section on Safety and Maintenance. Finally, if I keep to this formula, a period correct manual of arms for the ones that have one available for me to share, with some learned speculation on the rest. I also plan to fit a section on Accuracy, which will cover a lot of the how tos and troubleshooting by doing it right the first time info I wish I had had, with an explanation therein on how a gun works.

That is probably the longest I have spoken on the matter for some time. To be clear, I am not trying to overplay anything or give the wring impression that I am awesome or my work earthshaking in its manner, but I am proud of what I have accomplished, and I do believe that it is better than at least most of what I have read in the same vein. Time will tell, as in all things.

As always, insights welcome. And, thank y'all again for having me, and for the random bits of support y'all provide. I'm sure y'all are all tired of my gratitude at this point, but I reckon y'all'll just have to get used to it.

Cheers!
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RedWolf
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09 May 2014, 06:56 #8

I have finally found time to make my way up to and I think through the Flintlock. I reckon I'm going to at least get started on the Caplock while I an on a roll.

Cheers!
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Le_Loup
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09 May 2014, 09:33 #9

RedWolf wrote:I have finally found time to make my way up to and I think through the Flintlock. I reckon I'm going to at least get started on the Caplock while I an on a roll.

Cheers!
May I suggest that in such a work you include some info on the powder horn & the safety aspects of same, especially safe construction method.
Keith.
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I took the one less traveled by,
and that has made all the difference.

Robert Frost.

Captain, Armidale NSW Australia chapter.
http://woodsrunnersdiary.blogspot.com.au/
http://australiansurvivalandpreppers.blogspot.com.au/
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHEOMS ... _as=public
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RedWolf
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09 May 2014, 14:19 #10

I have plans for my next chapter/chapter block to give at least an overview of the accessories, being as specific as breaking it down by lock type if the information is available in great enough quantity to do so. But that is a future formatting issue. I am also planning at least a small chapter on black powder firearms safety techniques.

I have found, over and over, that the performance and safety "issues" commonly experienced today largely stem from not using the correct accessories constructed in the manner they were in the period, or by not utilizing them properly.
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RedWolf
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18 May 2014, 19:17 #11

Done with the first block!!!! Moving on to Accessories this week.

Cheers!
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