Firearms

Wild Bill Says “Muzzle Up”

And other sound advice to help you become a savvy six-gunner.

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During the Percussion Era of the mid-19th century, savvy six-gunners like James Butler “Wild Bill” Hickok understood the problems inherent with open top revolvers and undoubtedly practiced raising the muzzle between shots to keep the caps from falling into the gun’s workings.

Following a few simple preventative maintenance steps can allow you to keep your own blackpowder firearm in top working order. I share here some beneficial tips for both novice and veteran shooters of blackpowder revolvers.

Although these tips are meant for those shooting a new replica, the following points also apply to a revolver that’s been taken out of long-term storage. If you are contemplating firing an original, vintage firearm, make sure to have it thoroughly checked out by a competent gunsmith before shooting it.

 

Proper Lubrication: After you remove your new replica gun from its package, you should strip down the gun and wipe it off completely...

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