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Firearm Safety?  I know, I know, enough already.  You've heard this over and over from a bazillion different people, books, and magazines.  You don't think you need to read about it again.  Right?  Consider this.  There are over a million of us who carry firearms for protection now, and we don't want to read about you in the news after your accident or stolen gun gives politicians more grist for the gun control mill.  It's not paranoia, maybe it's just me, but I'm always looking for new meanings to the concept of safety.  Who knows, maybe you'll get a new slant on something  if you click on the safety page above.


Pictured above is the 1851 Colt Navy percussion revolver.  A percussion cap placed on a nipple behind each cylinder chamber proved to be a much more dependable ignition system than the flintlock, and by the 1830's most of the older guns had been converted.


The Philadelphia Derringer, a pocket sized percussion single shot, was made infamous with Lincoln's assassination.

Attempts at creating a  multiple firing device had used multiple barrels, either joined together firing simultaneously, like the duck's foot on the left, or rotating to fire one after another, like the pepper box on the right.

Colt's 1836 design used a single barrel to save weight and rotated the cylinder by cocking the hammer.  The 1851 Navy was generally 36 caliber, light , well balanced, and a favorite of both the North and South during the Civil War.  The steel framed version of the North is much stronger than the Confederate brass frame.  It was said that many church bells across the South were melted down for the cause.  After the war, it became the staple of the frontier.  One of the six cylinders was left empty under the hammer, but a pair of Colt Navy pistols on a settler's hips really opened up the west.  Even after the rise of self contained metallic cartridges in the 1870's,  these were still the favored dress of the 'Prince of Pistoleros', "Wild Bill" Hickock.

The fully functional replica of this historical legend is available for purchase in the black powder section.


The Militia Act of 1792 provided, in part that individuals exercise their right to life, endowed by their creator, and enumerated in the 2nd amendment:

"That each and every free able-bodied white male citizen of the respective States, resident therein, who is or shall be of age of eighteen years, and under the age of forty-five years (except as is herein after excepted) shall severally and respectively be enrolled in the militia.  That every citizen, so enrolled and notified, shall, within six months thereafter, provide himself with a good musket or firelock, a sufficient bayonet and belt, two spare flints, and a knapsack, a pouch, with a box therein, to contain not less than twenty four cartridges, suited to the bore of his musket or firelock, each cartridge to contain a proper quantity of powder and ball; or with a good rifle, knapsack, shot-pouch, and power-horn, twenty balls suited to the bore of his rifle, and a quarter of a pound of powder; and every citizen so enrolled, and providing himself with the arms, ammunition and accoutrements, required as aforesaid, shall hold the same exempted from all suits, distresses, executions or sales, for debt or for the payment of taxes."





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