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18TH CENTURY LIVING HISTORY IN AUSTRALIA.

Friday, 19 October 2018

Any signatures from S.S.A.A. members???



Imagine if all the members of the Sporting Shooters Association of Australia were to sign this petition. Then we could get somewhere. But it is NOT going to happen! Why? Because the S.S.A.A. is in it for itself, not for the gun owners. It makes money from running it's gun ranges, so why should it allow anyone to use a muzzle-loading pistol off range?!
The shooting public in Australia, for the most part, is fractured. We don't have anyone like the NRA in Australia. Regardless what you think of NRA policies in America, at least they back all gun owners, they protect their rights.
I have signed petitions for paintball enthusiasts, & gun owners in general across the board, but when it comes to a minority such as the muzzle-loading & black powder enthusiasts, few people give a damn. Very sad state of affairs.

Tuesday, 16 October 2018

Pretty Please, Sign This Petition.

If you have a reason for not signing this petition, I would be most grateful if you could explain your point of view. It would help me to understand the way others view these gun control laws.
Thank you.
Keith.
https://www.change.org/p/to-the-honourable-the-speaker-and-members-of-the-legislative-assembly-of-new-south-wales-in-parliam-muzzle-loading-pistols-to-be-placed-on-a-less-restrictive-licence/u/23430601

Gun Control. Controlling People & making Money. Little to do with public safety.

Nothing to do with public safety? Let me prove it to you.
Anyone can purchase a flintlock, Wheelock or matchlock pistol, no licence is required & no permit to purchase or registration providing it was made before 1901 ad. However, the government says that you are not allowed to shoot or in their words “use” these pistols unless you join a pistol club & purchase an “H” class license. So you see, this has nothing to do with acquiring a gun, it is to do with being given lawful permission to “use” this gun. How many criminals do you know of that obey gun laws???!!!
So the only people disadvantaged by this law are the law abiding gun owners, NOT THE CRIMINALS!!! I have nothing against not requiring a license to purchase one of these primitive antique muzzle-loading guns; no criminal would ever use one of these guns, but why disadvantage law abiding citizens? Why can’t we “use” these guns? If the government wants us to pay for the privilege, then why not create a separate licence for these antique guns?
Another point which many people may not understand, ALL muzzle-loading pistols, antiques & those copies still made today all work in the same way, there is NO difference between a modern muzzle-loader & an antique muzzle-loader. So why does the government make a separate license for replicas when no license is required for an antique? Replica or antique, there is no difference, no criminal would ever use one of these guns because: They only have one shot, they are slow & difficult to load, they are unreliable, they are expensive to purchase, they are difficult to carry in a pocket, they create too much smoke when fired, & it is far easier to obtain a modern firearm & cut it down to size!!!

Monday, 15 October 2018

Shooting a Flintlock Pistol

Firearms Regulations. Public Safety, Ignorance, or Just Bloody Mindedness?!!!


Firearms License Categories NSW Australia.
Take a look at the various guns in these categories. Why are muzzle-loaders placed on a “B” class license with Center-fire firearms? Why are muzzle-loading pistols placed on an “H” class license with semi-automatic hand guns?!!!   I thought that licensing was all about public safety, but categorizing of muzzle-loading guns obviously has NOTHING to do with public safety!!!

What firearms are applicable to a Category A firearms licence? * Air rifles. * Rimfire rifles (other than self-loading). * Shotguns (other than pump action, lever action or self-loading). * Shotgun/rimfire combinations.

What firearms are applicable to a Category B firearms licence? * Muzzle-loading firearms (other than pistols). * Centre-fire rifles (other than self-loading). * Shotgun/centre-fire rifle combinations. * Lever action shotguns with a magazine capacity of no more than 5 rounds.

What firearms are applicable to a Category C firearms licence? * Self-loading rimfire rifles with a magazine capacity of no more than 10 rounds. * Self-loading shotguns with a magazine capacity of no more than 5 rounds. * Pump action shotguns with a magazine capacity of no more than 5 rounds. These firearms are prohibited except for limited purposes. Some firearms, specifically those adapted for military purposes, are excluded under all circumstances from this licence category.

What firearms are applicable to a Category D firearms licence? * Self-loading centre-fire rifles. * Self-loading rimfire rifles with a magazine capacity of more than 10 rounds. * Self-loading shotguns with a magazine capacity of more than 5 rounds. * Pump action shotguns with a magazine capacity of more than 5 rounds. * Lever action shotguns with a magazine capacity of more than 5 rounds. * Any firearms to which a Category C licence applies.

What firearms are applicable to a Category H firearms licence? * Pistols (including revolvers, semi-automatic pistols, blank fire pistols, flintlock muzzle-loading pistols, Wheelock muzzle-loading pistols, matchlock muzzle-loading pistols and air pistols).


Thursday, 11 October 2018

Call To Arms! All Muzzle-Loader Users PLEASE Sign This Petition!



The law against using these primitive tools off the range has no legitimate reason for existing, it was shear ignorance on the part of the law makers that placed muzzle-loading pistols on a RESTRICTED license!
If we don't fight for our rights to legitimately use these primitive guns, then no one else will, because the majority of the Australian public are also probably totally ignorant in regards as to what these pistols actually are. Restricting these pistols has no basis in public safety, criminals do not use these guns & have not done so for at least the past 300 years!
So please, if you are a black powder enthusiast, a living historian or a historical re-enactor, sign this petition. 


Wednesday, 3 October 2018

Flintlock Safety, Loading A Flintlock Gun By Keith H Burgess

Message to the blackpowder shooters of the EU about legal status of muzz...

Banning Muzzle Loaders??? - Tucker Carlson 11/16/17

PLEASE SIGN THIS PETITION. The legal right to use muzzle-loading pistols!


In Australia we are not allowed to use any muzzle-loading pistol off the range. The licence required to purchase & use these primitive tools is a restricted "H" class licence which will only be issued to people who belong to an approved pistol club & they are ONLY allowed to use this pistol on the club range.

Living Historians are not allowed to use a muzzle-loading pistol in their Living History activities, even if they have an "H" class licence.
This petition I have started is simply asking the government to place these muzzle-loading pistols on a less restrictive licence along with muzzle-loading longarms. I am not asking for a weakening of gun control laws, the pistol would still require a licence & registration.
Criminals do not & would not use these primitive tools to commit a crime, they don't know how to use them, they can be unreliable. It is far easier for a criminal to cut down a modern long gun or to purchase some water pipe from the plumber's & make a simple shotgun.

The majority of gun owners in Australia own breach-loaders, & they have no interest in muzzle-loaders. For this reason the majority of these Australian gun owners will not, do not, bother to sign this petition!!! Yes, the Australian gun owners fraternity is fractured, because of this we have already lost the right to own semi-automatic & pump action longarms. The government confiscated. This is the thin end of the wedge, there will be more firearms restrictions in the future I am sure. Once a law is passed, it is difficult to get it reversed!

 The only reason that the government have restricted the use of muzzle-loading pistols is because of their total ignorance in the first place, & in the second place they simply can't be bothered to reverse their decision! So PLEASE, sign this petition.
Regards, Keith.
https://www.change.org/p/to-the-honourable-the-speaker-and-members-of-the-legislative-assembly-of-new-south-wales-in-parliam-muzzle-loading-pistols-to-be-placed-on-a-less-restrictive-licence

Tuesday, 2 October 2018

An Old Rule Of Mine.

An old rule of mine is never place yourself too close to the right side of a person shooting a flintlock. There are two escape roots for the pressure in the barrel when the gun is fired, one is the muzzle, the other is the vent. If you are too close to the vent on someone elses flintlock, then you are going to get hit by the hot gasses & flame escaping from the vent when this gun is fired.

Take a look at an example of this shown in the movie "The Mountain Men" (1980) with Charlton Heston & Brian Keith. Keith was obviously not aware of what would happen, & if you take note of number 13 in this clip you will see what I mean!

Keith.

My Equipment In Close Up By Keith H Burgess

No Charcloth Flint & Steel Fire Lighting..wmv