Early 1500s Snapping Matchlock carbine

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Rudyard

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Dear Flint Yes I knew of & communicated with M Tromner years ago & made a snap matchlock for him' after 'Hans Morl took it UK got it proofed but for some reason he didnt respond so I took it to the US & sold it to Donlyn at Smoke & Fire News . That was before I wrote the Article in Muzzle Loader Magazine 'Observations on the more archaic locks' 1995 November issue I think, any way Pukka read the bit about the .' Palm for reliability must ever be reserved for the matchlock' A rather bold claim but it strook a cord with Pukka & he sought me for years until by chance I sold a snap M lock to a mutual friend in Spokane & then it all fell into place. .Small World ( glad I havn't got to paint it ! That was an Eric joke)) I subsequently met both & Rob Dean at a shoot near Red Deer Alberta at Which both shoot & Matchlock got videoed and you can look them up 2019 I think it was . pre covert anyway . Much the same as I knew the' Detachment Chamble' from Hardwick Mass you know them I made a Wheelllock & a big English lock gun at Erics place . Tom Brown or Peter Gobbles got that not sure now ,been a while .
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Well here is the based
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on the Behaim Gun plus a Petronel the stock is the only 'Lockplate' No nitro ever went near them but perhaps interesting .
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I would guess that making some reproduction match lock firearms here in New Zealand could be a problem as we have 30" overall minimum length law regarding long arms , under that they become a pistol and the paperwork for that is just a big head ache .
I am intrigued the way many matchlocks and wheel locks had aperture sights but their use seems have to declined for flintlock and caplock rifles .
 

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True but even a Paget Carbine 16' 'barrel comes under 30" overall the one in the pics exceeds that . Tony Hawkins was selling me barrels 1976 onwards according to my old register .
Peep sight on the Behaim gun c 1510 snap M lock I succeeded allready earlier today posting pics with help Ime not adept on E gajets .as you know.
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Dear Cut finger I measured the Behaim barrel 26" well over even if the butt is shorter than normal . Some how the pics of it seems to be missing in the posts on M locks curious .
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Dear Granth. If its the matchlock I show with the inlett shield .(My own notion but based on the original Behaime gun now in the Hermitage Museum St Petersburg .They where a family of German merchants ) ''The large button pushes a rod through the stock against light pressure of a spring that in turn pulls out the nose of the scear you can just see shineing as it retains the dog head or probably better called a 'Serpentine' . Whilst authenic it is a regal P in the rectum to get used too .Hence all the bone studs to feel your way to a better hold .
Probably easy for a Saxaphone player but I can only sing of key sea shanties & that dosnt help. .Basically you can't get much lower teck so go for it . I fitted the 40 cal smooth but added a 40 ca rifled brl its the smooth bored one that has the dragon muzzle . (Very important to have dragons ) least they must have thought so. And its just files and a bit of chisleing .
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Nice fast ignition. Like the style of that matchlock. I hope more matchlock makers will emerge to meet the demand? Haha When i shoot my matchlock locks at the local range i often get a lot of bewildered looks followed by questions like did both the union and confederacy use that. I then put out my match and start on the history of matchlocks from the beginning. I sure do wish there were more like minded types here.
 

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I maybe wrong but I think most boys with any emagination make rude guns of copper pipe or equally doubtful items and the simplest lock is the matchlock at least what youde call' a lock' as apposed to hand held wire notions. I read the book' Bevis & Mark' about two boys getting a blacksmith to forge weld a breach plug & makeing some sort of matchlock . So knocked up some frightfull examples of what not to do . in that department .But the flame was kindled and its lead me to now just as interested in such things .Though I no longer rely on penny bangers or chemical mixes that useually came out disastrous . it reminds me of Stevensons or Ballantines lines

" I have wrought my simple plan, if I bring one hour of joy, To the boy who's half a man & the man who's half a boy" .

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Dear Cut finger I measured the Behaim barrel 26" well over even if the butt is shorter than normal . Some how the pics of it seems to be missing in the posts on M locks curious .
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Hi Rudyard New Zealand does not have a barrel length restriction rather an overall firearm length restriction of 30 inches or 762 mm anything under that is a handgun .
 

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Cutfinger,
Rudyard means that it would be hard to have a gun under 30" with a 26 " barrel.
As you may recall, Rudyard lives in NZ so will be aware of the law.
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He sure did . any way there many more times in the future .
My wife fell & broke her arm & my Ships captain mate had to prepare for going out to Capetown to take over his fishing vessel so its was'nt any chosen course on our part I assure you .
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