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Shooting a Historic Hunting Gun: An 18th Century Flintlock Rifle

18th century flintlock

This 18th century flintlock rifle is a piece of history, but wait until you see it fire.

Even though this flintlock rifle is from the 18th century, it’s still in perfect working condition. The shooter believes it could still take a deer.

Watch him fire it, and watch his placement on the target. Although it still shoots, its accuracy does leave something to be desired.

Being much shorter than what you would expect for a rifle, it offered the short range accuracy and power of a longer rifle with the manageability of a shorter barrel. It was the perfect size for hunting from horseback as it was intended.

I would love to chase down game on a cold fall morning and when the time comes, fire this flintlock rifle. I can already smell the aroma of burnt gunpowder on the crisp cold air.

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Shooting a Historic Hunting Gun: An 18th Century Flintlock Rifle