Apr 24, 2015

Coning a Rifle Barrel

CLICK HERE FOR LINK to a great article with historical info & pictures showing the coning of a .58 cal rifle barrel by Ed Hamberg, using a coning tool he has developed for coning barrels from .32 cal to .75 cal.  Ed manufactures his tool and sells it, but doesn't advertise, so this information is presented FYI.  If you hate ball starters, then one of these coning tools may be what you need.  If you're interested, Ed can be contacted at longknife1776@sbcglobal.net or at:
Edward Hamberg
1008 Logan
Alton IL 62002

Here's a picture of Ed's coning tool, and the tool in use:

There's many more pictures and instructions for using Ed's coning tool at CLICK HERE FOR LINK

Apr 21, 2015

Forgotten War: The Struggle for North America

CLICK HERE FOR LINK to a great article “Robert Rogers: ‘A Man of Uncommon Strength’” By Tim J. Todish".

Please also CLICK HERE FOR LINK to other great American Colonials articles (where this article was found) at the Mountain Lake PBS website Interactive Museum - Documentaries - Forgotten War: The Struggle for North America.

And last but not least - CLICK HERE FOR LINK to explore the entire website for a wealth of information about the French & Indian War.

Apr 15, 2015

Larry Plecher's BlackPowderMag.com

CLICK HERE FOR LINK to Larry Plecher's great black powder website where there are articles on:
Artists of Note, Experiments & Tests, Lock Timing, Priming Powder, Vent Liners, CLA, CLA 2013, CLA 2014, Gallery, Friendship National Shoot, Gun Shows, Interviews, Resources, Videos. Especially interesting are Experiments & Tests articles including Filled Vent Test – Is it Slower? and Lead vs Leather Flint Attachment Study.

Fort Crevecoeur Rendevous

Apr 3, 2015

The Tarnished Tale of Robert Rogers

CLICK HERE FOR LINK to an interesting article "The Tarnished Tale of Robert Rogers".  Love him or hate him, he was like all men and had his good and bad side.  But none can deny he was a famous man because his deeds and what he wrote lives on today!  Robert Rogers' Rangers are often credited with turning the tide in French and Indian Wars, and in the words of Ranger historian Burt Garfield Loescher, the rich heritage of Rogers' Rangers has been preserved in the history of two great nations:  "They won Canada from France so that the American Colonies might be free to win their independence from England, and then strove to defend Canada from American occupation so that two great countries might be born..."