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  1. TexiKan

    Percussion nipples impacting accuracy

    Recently a few of us were discussing our scores at the range and I mentioned I was shooting high and to the right. A friend suggested that I change nipples. Now I have heard of changing nipples because of ignition issues but not because of accuracy concerns. In all the years I have been in...
  2. TexiKan

    How young to throw a tomahawk?

    I am sure some of you have encountered a situation where either in a demonstration or public event that you have allowed others to experience their first attempt at throwing a tomahawk. Ever so often I get a parent who wants their very young child try it. Generally, the child can barely hold...
  3. TexiKan

    Texian Volunteer Fast-Loading on Horseback

    Imagine my surprise on seeing a Gary Zaboly sketch (2010) on page 116 of the book "The Alamo and Beyond" by Phil Collins. What caught my attention is the sketch shows a man on horseback with the muzzlel of his rifle in his mouth. The description states: "Fast-Loading by placing rifle or musket...
  4. TexiKan

    It won't take the stain!

    I obtained a very nice curly maple flintlock that was a bit too blond and shiny for my liking. It did not take much to remove the finish and I began to restain it with Mountain Laurel Lancaster Maple. After several coats, it was looking good....except for two areas that seemed to resist the...
  5. TexiKan

    How critical the nipple?

    Every time a friend of mine goes to Friendship, he comes back with some new information. He remarked how some shooters attributed better accuracy to changing nipples on their guns because the other nipple was "blown out." According to him, after the switch, accuracy improved. I am not sure...
  6. TexiKan

    Add powder for distance..or not

    The Kansas plains have not had a kind winter. That, and employment commitments have kept me away from shooting since last October. Yesterday I was out at the range and to my surprise not only did I remember how to load and shoot the gun, but I also came in first place! Amazing grace! Anyway...
  7. TexiKan

    Pipestone repairable?

    I had been working on a catlinite pipe and had about three-quarters of the work done. The unfinished project was in a bag and it and some other items fell and hit the concrete floor. The pipe was the only casulity--it broke in half. It is a clean break but I am sick to see this happen after...
  8. TexiKan

    Gibralter rock candy

    Recently I read an article about a company that has continued to make the Gibralater rock candy since 1806. I cannot recall seeing or tasting this at a Rendezvous. The candy is associated with Salem so it may be more of an Eastern thing. It was supposed to be the first candy made...
  9. TexiKan

    Lewis & Clark medical items

    The following Wikipedia detail was sent by a descendant of Dr. Benjamin Rush regarding the items provided for the Lewis & Clark Expedition: In 1803, Thomas Jefferson sent Meriwether Lewis to Philadelphia to prepare for the Lewis and Clark Expedition under the tutelage of Rush, who taught Lewis...
  10. TexiKan

    Dialect

    This may be my first visit to this part of the Forum. I am not one who has a strong affinity to absolute period correctness.....but in reading some threads about being PC, I began to wonder what would be considered PC dialect for normal conversations of the era? I cannot recall hearing...
  11. TexiKan

    Different ridge pole?

    A buddy of mine (aka Dances With Fire) "accidently" cut up my wall tent ridge pole for another project. Since my car cannot transport the 10' ridge pole, and because we usually attended the same Rondys and ML events, he would keep my ridge pole at his house and bring it to the camps. Now it is...
  12. TexiKan

    For medicine?

    I have the book, "Custer Come at Once!" by Blaine Burkey that was published in Hays., Kans. in 1976. It covers Custer's years at Ft. Hays from 1867 - 70. There is a gruesome photo of a Srgt. Frederick Wyllyams who was killed in combat between G troop and Cheyenne Dog Soldiers on June 26, 1867...
  13. TexiKan

    Why yellow?

    Most of the "woods walks" tend to have bright yellow or florescent iron targets. I know this is to make it easier for the shooter to see them in the woods environment. Unfortunately, this got me thinking. (yeah..a dangerous thing!) If we pride ourselves as pre-1840s style marksmen, why are we...
  14. TexiKan

    The Deguello bugle call heard by the Alamo defenders

    I recall seeing a copy of the "Deguello" or "death march" on view while touring the Alamo. The text indicated this bugle call was sounded by the Mexicans to signal the dawn attack by the massed army of Santa Anna. I never heard or saw other copies of the bugle calls. Recently, I obtained a...
  15. TexiKan

    Tooting your own horn?

    Alright....I have seen lots of simple "blowing horns" but I am not sure if they were actually used with any meaningful purpose in the pre 1840's era. Any historic documentation? TexiKan
  16. TexiKan

    Plains tradition?

    When I first got into the hobby back in the 1970's, muzzleloading was synonymous with Davy Crockett and the "mountain man" concept. For the vast majority of us, we tended to gravitate towards that persona. Several years ago I decided to lean towards a Southwest concept because of my ancestral...
  17. TexiKan

    First communication by canons

    Every week I proof our weekly newspaper and we have a column entitled "Moments in Time." In that column, there was a date given for the "First communication" and it was done by a series of canons. As I recall, once a canon blast was head, another one fired and this went on until the last one...
  18. TexiKan

    Nike commercial with Last of the Mohicians

    While watching today's NFL football game, a Nike commercial came on showing a football player running with the ball. While he was running, his uniform transformed into several different ones. What caught my attention was the background music chosen for this commercial. I recognized it as the...
  19. TexiKan

    The definition of one hand hold

    The other day at the range, some of us were trying to find the NMLRA definition of a single hand hold for the pistol. We had one shooter bracing his arm with the other hand and this was questioned by another shooter. Is that acceptable? We failed to find any hold information in the NMLRA rule...
  20. TexiKan

    Powder horn restoration

    Recently, my neighbor gave me a small but somewhat old powder horn. Nice patina and age, but "rough." The wooden plug had split where a nail was inserted to hold the strap. There was some remains of silver paint but there were more splatters of a lime green paint on the plug and the part of the...
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