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From Musket to Metallic Cartridge - A Practical History of Black Powder Firearms

By Oyvind Flatnes

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ISBN: 9781847975935
PUBLISHED (THIS EDITION): 26/11/2013
PAGES: 240
BINDING: Hardback
SIZE: 246x189 mm
INSIDE: 265 colour photographs

From Musket to Metallic Cartridge is an historical introduction to the use of black powder firearms, from the primitive smooth-bore musket to breech-loading cartridge guns, as well as a primer on their practical use for today's black powder shooters. Drawing on his experience of countless hours on the shooting range, backed up by meticulous research, Oyvind Flatnes relates over 500 years of development and covers the huge range of different ignition systems, models and patents. He describes the use of antique firearms and replicas, discussing their historical and safe modern use.

The book is profusely illustrated throughout, with both photographs and diagrams, showing a range of guns and their ammunition, with some live firing shots showing them in action.

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" Among my muzzleloading friends here in Australia this book has become a standard reference book.It's the kind of thing we LEND to new club members to get them on the right track at the beginning, but you see oldies with 50 years shooting behind them leafing through it. Probably hoping to pick up that clue that will give them the edge over the young roosters. great book. John "
Review Type: Customer
Posted By: John Drummond

" Norwegian black powder shooter, competitor, and historian Oyvind Flatnes's excellent, well-researched book on the history and technological development of black powder firearms really hits the "X ring." His subtitle: "a practical history of black powder firearms" is spot on. As a historian of the nineteenth century, I have a shelf of books about the subject, many of which go into considerable detail, and even minutiae on the subject. Flatnes's book is compact, filled with lush photos and clear, explanatory images and is written to appeal to several audiences, namely "shooters, collectors, gun enthusiasts and historians." This is a tall order, but the book accomplishes this quite well. The book urges collectors to take up shooting their specimens, historians to get out of the library and get "hands on" at the range or in the field, and provides an excellent history for firearm enthusiasts. Comparable North American books on the subject are either about load development for hunting and competition, or geared to the history of firearms in America, with a nod to developments in England, France, and Prussia. British books naturally have a perspective fixed on guns and rifles in the UK, with nods to the continent and American trends. Flatnes's book offers a fascinating and excellent review of British, American, French and Prussian contributions but provides a Scandinavian perspective that is highly informative. How many firearm cognoscenti know that the term "Kentucky rifle" is a misnomer? Flatnes reveals that it may have been jaeger troops in his native Norway who first carried rifles afield in the early 18th century. Readers of Alexander Rose's excellent _American Rifle: A Biography_ with its excellent chapter on the American Hall breech-loader -- worth the book's purchase price alone -- will discover in Flatnes's book that the Hall principle traveled to Norway so that in the 1840s, while the world's armies retained muzzleloaders, Norway's small army was the first in the world to adopt a breech-loading rifle before the Prussian state had completely gone over to the Dreyse Zundnadelgewehr or "needle gun." Overall the book is well written, with a few awkward sentences here and there the English editors did not catch. They certainly do not detract much from the content and presentation. If you are on the fence about buying another book about firearms, or on historical technological innovations in guns, get this book. For me, a novice muzzleloader and professional historian, the book has propelled me to local rifle-musket "skirmishes" as a spectator and to try my hand at making black powder cartridges for an old, obsolete .43 Spanish single-shot rifle I have long had. This accessible, well-explicated and vividly illustrated book is easily one of the best on the subject, and succeeds very well at appealing to different audiences. "
Review Type: Customer
Posted By: David C. Carlson, Ph.D.

" The book is highly recommended. Go get it now! "
Review Type: Press
Reviewed By: Norwegian Arms and Armour Society

" Any shooter who is interested in the development of firearms will find this book a constant source of information which they will refer to time and time again.
This is definitely a book for any shooter's reference library. "
Review Type: Press
Reviewed By: Single Shot Black Powder Rifle Club of Great Britain

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