Matchlock Range test

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  1. Nov 10, 2018 #21

    Pukka Bundook

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    Nice clean looking build, Kruzer1!
    Thanks for showing it to us.

    Yes, the short barrels were a fashion in around the 1520's . This fashion of short and square , went over into men's clothing, furniture, chimney pots and even candlesticks!
    As stated above, the guns of the Lansknechts were usually of this type (at that time )
    I am particularly fond of these short wee guns, and one of Michael's guns, now sadly sold out of his collection, was the passion behind my 'recent' " Snapping Matchlock" build! I am so pleased to see another "shorty " here Kruzer. :)

    Have taken him hunting recently, but no joy yet!

    All best,
    Richard.
     
  2. Nov 30, 2018 #22

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    Very nice job indeed. Congratulations. Rick
     
  3. Dec 5, 2018 #23

    Gene L

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    I've seen on various videos that matchlocks seem to have a very quick ignition, is this true/wrong? Nor necessarily a snap-lock, but I can't remember. No delay for the mechanics of the flintlock, which is a helluva lot more convenient. About like a caplock ignition. Is this wrong?
     
  4. Dec 5, 2018 #24

    Herman Karl

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    I finished building a Leonard Day matchlock kit about a month ago. I only test fired it twice so far. I hit a 16" steel target at 40 yards both times. I found the action smooth and the ignition very quick with no noticeable delay. In my experience when a flintlock is tuned properly the ignition is almost instantaneous. I often bird hunt with an original Westley Richards flintlock side-by-side and feel no disadvantage re: a cartridge gun because of the quickness of ignition.
     
  5. Dec 5, 2018 #25

    Herman Karl

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    The Exercise of Armes by Jacob de Gheyn is very much worth reading with regard to handling a matchlock. I was impressed by the emphasis on safety. The illustrations clearly show how the match was held and set in the cock.
     
  6. Dec 5, 2018 #26

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    Yes, they are faster than a percussion gun, instant ignition, at the speed of the gas explosion.
     
  7. Dec 6, 2018 #27

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    If you work up a good load for it your matchlock can compete with flintlocks and caplocks. The zero lock time is such an advantage that German target shooters retained the system into the early 18th century. On a good day my Len Day matchlock smoothbore can do this for me:

    Cut card in hat.JPG

    Important note: The card wasn't in my hatband when I shot at it.
     
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  8. Dec 19, 2018 #28

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    Thank you for sharing your skills and this is an itch I gotta scratch one day, to hunt small game with a matchlock.

    B.
     
  9. Dec 19, 2018 #29

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    That is quite true, as I have read that in my books on early Schuetzen shooting.
     
  10. Mar 28, 2019 #30

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    Nice looking piece and hitting that target at 40 yds.:)
    I hope when I test my matchlock it will do half as good.:p
     
  11. Apr 8, 2019 #31

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    Underneath as most muzzleloaders. Helps get a tighter fit..
     
  12. Apr 9, 2019 #32

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    Matchlocks of any sort are interesting and I have made many if mostly for target shooting specifically M L A I C International shooting .I would like to tell you I am a' virtuoso on the concert Arquebuss' .Because it sounds good . But Ime not !. However I have qualified as of right but never got into the fuss and natty outfits of International events . Some at this level like the Japonese snap m'locks but these are mere varients of some cut down Portugees traders .Venietian made Snap M lock as further study would reveal . Its my belief that the Venetion or "Mary Rose " M locks have the best form for MLAIC events being stocked in an essensially modern manner , shoulder stock with pistol grip ,trigger where moderns expect to find them , even peep sights . A smooth 34" or so 40 cal being the best barrels if I've made some 36 cal but the balls are more fiddly and as its only a 30 minet match at 55 Yards OH or Sitting kneeling whatever you need be conscious of time and the patched ball is ill suited unless looseish its better to use a card then wetted felts and a naked ball all the better to ram easily and no recourse to wipeing between . You have enough to do tending to the match cord (useually kept inside a perforated pop can away from the loading bench ) .Some can argue the prime needn't be too fine. But I say well I know that its more apt to ignite if ground up snuff like .And the match cord needs be able to burn hot give a good coal & not burn too fast . I prefer platted macramé string rendered firmer by a rub down with wall paper paste when dry then acts like a' size' . but just pushes into the serpentine no fuss with screwing it tight . Some used dried tree fungus which I've not made guns for. But these whittled to push into the serpentine . where well suited to such matches ..Not that you are confined to Match shooting I've hunted with a 54 rifled often (There not allways smooth bored ) . The 'Mary Rose 'sank in 1545 or 6 .Her wreck recovered 20? years ago . had many such Venetion guns .hence the association .
    Compliaments of the string burning season. Rudyard
     
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    Thank you for the wallpaper paste idea Maurice. Very handy.
     
  14. Apr 10, 2019 #34

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    You are very welcome I omitted to say that the key to accuracy is velocity .Drive the ball through the 10 ring before it remembers balls are supposed to veer off wildly . true of all smooth bores but while the 40 cal wont push you back Dont try it with a Brown Bess !. Regards Rudyard
     
  15. Apr 29, 2019 #35

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    Very well done! KUDOS!:thumbs up:
     

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