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Old Oct 25, 2003, 3:58 PM   #1
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I went by the MinuteMan National Park on a lunch break. I was in time to see the musket exibit. Here is one of the 3 pictures:

This was the first shot he fired. The second firing didn't fire, and the third did work and I got a picture, but slightly later (more smoke, less fire.) I got really lucky on this picture.

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I had to do more jpg compression than I normally prefer. I don't think it suffers from it.

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Old Oct 25, 2003, 5:39 PM   #2
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This is a fantastic shot. You got just the right moment. I can almost hear the gun firing. :shock:
I like the richness of the colors too.
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Old Oct 26, 2003, 12:59 AM   #3
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Excellent shot!....hehe..... you have reason to be proud.
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Old Oct 26, 2003, 8:22 AM   #4
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Incredible photo...

It really lends definition to the expression...

"firearm"

Kudos!
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Old Oct 26, 2003, 9:18 AM   #5
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Wow, great timing.

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Old Oct 26, 2003, 10:52 PM   #6
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If anybody who sees this pic doesn't big you up for your timing, then they are haters. 8)
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Old Oct 27, 2003, 6:41 AM   #7
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Eric, that is a very good photo!

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Old Oct 27, 2003, 10:34 AM   #8
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Good one Eric! Amazing how much fire comes out of that thing. I would be afraid of it blowing up in my face.

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Great photo!
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Old Oct 28, 2003, 10:37 AM   #10
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Thanks for all the kind words.

The guy did an entire presentation on the militias from the colonial times along with firing the musket.

I assume the musket is a reproduction (i.e. it would be too valuable to actually use.) He did not load it with shot, just the gunpowder.

He had some great stories. The gunpowder and shot are wrapped up in paper with a tab that sticks up (a cartridge.) Therefor to be enlisted into the army, they didn’t look for people in good physical shape, they looked for people with at least 1 top and 1 bottom tooth, over each other. You needed this because in battle you had one hand on the musket, one holding the cartridge… and you teeth to rip off the tab so you could pour the contents into the musket barrel.

He clamed this is true, I wonder. When you ordered muskets, you had to get them from England (or maybe France?) The colonies had the ability to do metal working, but not the skills to do something as complex as build a musket. But you were never sure exactly what you’d get. The stock (the wooden part), the barrel, or flint lock system which creates the spark. Some times you just got parts. So it was a very good day when you opened the crates and got all three parts. This would lead to you announcing that the shipment came “lock, stock, and barrel.”

The demonstrations are finished for the year, but if you’re even in the Boston area, the Minute Man National Park is a fun stop. You can walk the battle road and learn about what happened (at least one view of it.) The Hartwell Tavern in Lincoln/Concord (which is the building in the background) is small, but kinda fun.

http://www.nps.gov/mima/

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