Hey all, let me tell you a bit about myself and how I made it here. My hobbies, amongst other things include wine and beer making, firearms collecting, leather workings, hunting, and now I am venturing into black powder. I started collecting other firearms 5 years ago and grew up around hunting, having the opportunity to shot competitive collegiate sporting clays 2 years ago. Black powder has always been seen as black magic to me and mine and I was never really exposed to it growing up. I am a college senior and also working on my Paramedic license. I have always been attracted to flint lock rifles and this year I was determined to take advantage of the state's muzzle loading deer season. I wasn't going to spend money on an inline when 1) I am not interested or attracted to inlines and 2) I've always wanted a flint lock and am always looking for a challenge. Being a full time college student and part time employee, I settled on the cheapest kit I could find, a $280 shipped Traditions Kentucky Flint lock. It comes tomorrow after being in the mail for over a week :cursing: The suspense it horrible! Very quickly after ordering my flint lock I decided I wasn't going to 'mix and match' in the field. If I were going to take a flint lock, I was going back in time and going all the way! Thus sums up my past week. I have spent all my spare time on this site reading and looking online for accessories and 'do and do not' lists. I am very excited and though probably do not have much to contribute am glad to be a part of the site and really can't wait to start building this gun! Wheew!