Smoke Poles come in many Different Kinds and Sizes Part Four

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Smoke Poles come in many Different Kinds and Sizes Part Four, in part five of this five part series, I talked about and showed you one of my 1700's smoke pole single shot pistols, which was a 1700's reproduction of a German Dragoon. I've been a shooter of smoke poles, for many many moons now. I sure do enjoy shooting and hunting with the old style Muzzleloader smoke poles. There's just ain't anything like it, and it sure does not get any better than hunting as our forefathers did.




In part four of this series I'll be talking about the Flintlock Smoothbore Musket, and showing you a slide show of my 1740's German Potzdam Flintlock Musket. When I became one of the volunteers and History interpreters at our Fort at No.4 Living History Museum located at 267 Springfield Road here in Charlestown, New Hampshire. Plus became involved in Colonial Reenacting, one of the very first things that I needed to buy, was a Flintlock Smoothbore Musket.




Smoke Poles come in many Different Kinds and Sizes Part Four, so I started researching the different reproduction models that was on the market. The flintlock smoothbore musket was the primary firearm of the 1700's in this area of our GreatCountry. The English settlers that came to this most Northern Wilderness frontier settlement, used their Muskets for hunting and to protect themselves and families.




The flintlock musket was also the primary firearm of the regular troops of the area. The was one unit that had a few flintlock rifles, and that was Major Robert Rogers Rangers, but even the biggies majority of the men of his Ranger unit mainly had and used flintlock smoothbore muskets. Officers of the regular army, usually carried at least one smoothbore single shot flintlock pistol and a sword. Major Rogers was known to carry both, a flintlock rifle and pistol.




Smoke Poles came in many Different Kinds and Sizes Part Four, actually a flintlock smoothbore musket has an advantage over a flintlock rifle. And that has to do with the fact a smoothbore musket can also fire grapeshot besides the single lead ball or conical of the time. Grapeshot is the same as shotgun pellets today. Folks could use their flintlock smoothbore musket, for hunting large game, small game and birds back in the 1700's. They were able to get by with just one firearm, instead of haven to have separate firearms for the different kinds of hunting they did to feed themselves and their families.




There were a few other reasons for folks of this Northernmost British wildernesssettlement, to be able to get by with one firearm that could do every thing they needed one to do for them. Most of the setters did not have a lot of money to be able to buy more than one firearm. Plus the fact that a lot of the time, the folks came here on foot.


 

Smoke Poles come in many Different Kinds and Sizes Part Four,
a smoothbore muskets was also and still is a lot easier and faster to load, plus easier to clean, than a muzzleloading rifle, seeing there is no rifling in the barrel to grab a lead patched round ball or conical. Plus seeing that there was no rifling in the barrel, the musket did not get all clogged up with fouling.


 

So why did I go with a German style reproduction Flintlock Smoothbore Musket to use as a Colonial Reenactor and Volunteer Interpreter at our Fort at No.4 Living History Museum instead of a British Brown Bess, it just was a no brain-er in my opinion. The German Gunsmiths have been world known as Master Craftsman's. And seeing that every firearm that I own, is also used for hunting with, I sure did want one that I knew would not let me down.




Smoke Poles come in many Different Kinds and Sizes Part Four,
the German 1740 Potzdam Musket is a mighty interesting one, that earned its place in Colonial American History. They were actually carried by German mercenaries during the French and Indian War period and the American Revolution time period. You could find many Colonial Militia members using Potzdam Muskets that they had captured.


 

My Potzdam Musket is a 75 caliber smoothbore, which has a 41 inch barrel, that has an overall length of 56 1/2 inches and weighs 8.95 lbs. The lock has a very classic German styling at its best. It has no external bridle, the plate is banana shaped. The frizzen spring mounts with a blind screw from the inside. Frederick the Great sure did have style!


 

Smoke Poles come in many Different Kinds and Sizes Part Four, You'll be able to see in the thread photo in the slide show, the engraved thumbplate and the ornate buttplate tang. The Potzdam Musket has the typical German styling, it has raised carving around the lock and barrel tang as well as the entry pipe and all along the channel for the ramrod. The grooved tang is intended to function as a rear sight.
(this is another area the German gunsmiths were true Master Craftsman, the British gunsmiths made their muskets with out any sights for the shoot to use).




In the next photo of the slide show, shows the serpent sideplate, which mirrors the contemporary styling the German Dragoon Pistol. In the fifth you can see the brass triggerguard, and how the rear sling swivel is held in place underneath it, opposed to how its mounted to the forward part of the trigger triggerguard like is done on the British muskets. In the last photo you can see the there is a brass noseband at the end of the frond of the stock. That there is also a brass blade front sight, which helps the shooter to be a lot more accurate. There were many German Potzdam Muskets captured from the Brunswick troops at the Battle of Bennington, Vermont in 1777. I had the pleasure of going to and taking part in the reenactment of that battle this year. It sure was a lot of fun. That's for sure!


Have a good one
Dale in New Hampshire

 

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Dale.....I had never heard of a smoke pole before.  The video shows some incredible workmanship on these muskets.  Thanks for the education.

November 23, 2010 11:44 AM
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Howdy and evening to you David, Carl and Ceil, Carra 

I sure do appreciate having y'all stop by, and to having y'all sit and visiting for a spill. And to read and write a reply back to the comments, that y'all have been so mighty kind to take the time to write and leave on this blog post, and the other blog posts here at my little ole New Hampshire blogging homestead, my friends


David, Smoke Poles is a nick name for any kind of a Muzzleloader. It came about, because of the smoke coming out of them.


Carl and Ceil, please let Ceil know that I side, Thank you and I'm glad she like it. I've sure been a haven a lot of fun looking into the History of New Hampshire.


Carra, its a nick name that was given to Muzzleloader long arms. It sure is a mighty fine long arm.
 
 


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Dale I was looking to see if you had posted any new blogs; didn't want to leave with a howdy.

Hope you, Deb and Alexis will have a nice Thanksgiving.

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Howdy and afternoon to you Carl and Ceil

I sure do appreciate having you stop by, and to having you sit and visiting for a spill. And to read and write a reply back to the comments, that you have been so mighty kind to take the time to write and leave on this blog post, and the other blog posts here at my little ole New Hampshire blogging homestead, my friend


Carl and Ceil, sorry about the late reply, but I did not know you had left this comment here. It just a bit ago showed up on my blog home page. All three of us had a mighty fine Thanksgiving.

 

Have a good one
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