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AxelP
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PostPosted: Wed May 07, 2008 4:01 pm    Post subject: The Terror Reply with quote

Any one read this fiction/horror --but based on history?, book about arctic exploration? slighly off topic (by 7 years) but in the story, its 1847 and the writer says that the men "primed their pistols" (flintlock?)
But when describing loading the shotguns, they "load a shell or cartridge into the breech..."

The author also talks about the men carrying muskets, shotguns and pistols.

I have not finished the book so please dont spoil the story for me... But doesnt the author have some confusing historical detail going on there?

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PostPosted: Wed May 07, 2008 5:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Axe,

I suspect that capping a firearm could be described as priming it.

Fixed ammo has a primer.

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PostPosted: Sat May 10, 2008 3:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have a feeling there were pinfire shotguns by that date.
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PostPosted: Wed May 28, 2008 7:15 pm    Post subject: Primed Cartridges Reply with quote

I do more 19th centry desert trekking than I do eastern woodland so I may have some input on this. The term "priming" is appropriate for either a flintlock or percussion weapon. Cartridges can refer to either an untreated paper, metallic, nitrated paper, nitrated skin & cellulose, gutta-percha or foil contained charge affixed to a bullet. There were some breechloaders in common use during the mid-late 1840s such as the Hall (1837 Flint & 1843 Percussion) or really early model Sharps Rifles that pre-date the commonly known 1853 and 1859 (aka Berdan) models. The description sounds closer to the Smith, Burnside, Gallagher or Maynard carbine/rifles that were in common use that employed a hard brass or copper casing and round ignited by a percussion cap but all of these were developed in the 1850s-60s.

The term "primed" should not be used with a pinfire because it is a self-contained metallic cartridge like a rimfire or centerfire round.

In regards to pistols, single shot peices would still be more common. Revolvers like the Patterson, Colt Walker and Dragoon models would still be relative raraties. If a man did have a revolving peice, it would more likely be a pepperbox.
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