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Does anyone else own and shoot black powder firearms?

Do you incorporate them into your costumes as accessories, where legal?

I live in a state where open-carry is legal, so I am seriously considering including a cross-draw holster plus my shiny, brass Confederate Navy (replica) revolver in my outfit for conventions this year. I'd be interested in discovering what others have done.

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These are a few of my more SP appropriate black powder weapons.  I have a number of others that might work into outfits too.  Since people can sometimes over react and, so far, there has not been an opportunity to shoot in a SP competition I have collected a few non-guns like a Broomhandle and half a Peacemaker.  I only have a good chance to wear SP a couple times a year like SteamCon so I just have not pushed the envelope.  There is also the awkwardness of flying with firearms.  TSA "plays" with even my non-guns like the chipped butt of the flintlock in the picture. 

I am slowly bringing SP into my local SASS group.  They all appreciate exotic old guns, fancy duds, and cooler shooting gaggles.  Apparently there were even SP classes offered at the SASS national convention this pasat year. 

Yes, we plan to make this upcoming SteamCon also.  Have you caught Gordon Frye's firearms classes in the past?

UPS is prohibitively expensive to Juneau since we have no roads in or out.  I was just quoted over $155.00 UPS shipping on a $24.95 Dutch Oven!  Have you gone to any of the local cowboy shoots? 

I had the pleasure of meeting Rittmeister Frye and playing with a couple of his weapons at one point. Amazing dude, and amazing weapons. 

Wait.. you are in Juneau? You have medieval black powder.. I strongly suspect I know you.. in fact, if you are who I think you are, I met you in Kass and Bob's shop at Pennsic a couple years back. 

You are correct, there were several SP classes at this past SASS convention.  I attended all but one.  There were however very few attendees at the sessions.  Too bad, the sessions were quite good.  They enough to get my wife and son and I to start planning to attend our first SP outing.  We're planning to go to Gaslight in San Diego, provided we can get everything together by then.

Single Action Shooting Society. "cowboy shooting".. there are a couple of different organizations that do it, but usually it's single action pistols, a lever rifle, and a break open shotgun. Steel plates, bowling pins, that type of target.

It's boatloads of fun, but requires a bit of an investment in weapons. I had a .44spl Cimarron colt clone that was magnificent, but it was not a cheap pistol.

You are also required to dress in an approximation of the styles of the 1800's.  But at the convention, since we are not shooting, the attire is more like victorian formal dress.  The ladies break out their finest victorian gowns, and many of the gentlemen (myself included) wear our frock coats, top hats and bowlers.  I also get to sport my walking sticks.

the "dress code" varies from group to group.. some are quite nitpicky, and some are good with the 10 foot rule. I did watch a gal at one shoot smoke most of the competition in a mary poppins outfit and peg heeled button boots.. in gravel. It was quite impressive. And it was also quite funny to see all the long whiskered cowboys with their hats in their hands doing the "aw shucks ma'am" thing around her. 

Open carry may be legal in some states, but carrying even black powder weapons to a convention or event will get you thrown out and put on a Banned list.

Convention rules are where you're most likely to run into trouble, even if the state laws allow it. The convention organizers can be rather paranoid about liability.


I was at one convention where a boy was threatened with ejection because he pointed a toy gun at someone.

I love black powder firearms, especially the Kentucky long rifle style. Unfortunately I don't currently own firearms of any type, but I'd like to carry a pistol of some type when in costume if I could legally manage it.

My long rifle is not the fanciest one in the world but it is a good shooter.  Deer Creek Products, PO Box 246, Waldron, IN 46182 (765) 525-6181 used to have good deals on Sharps rifles.  Always ask what is on their "scratch&dent" sales. 

Rossi Puma 1892 brass & stainless in .45.  I changed out sites, stoned it, polished it, and have been soaking the wood in orange oil/bees wax.  Rossis take a little work but the brass and stainless is important since I shoot BPO rounds and .45 LC does not deal as well as .44-40s or other tapered rounds so I get a lot of soot back in the action.  I can just hose this one out with scalding water to start cleaning it. 



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