A Writer’s Guide to Muzzle-Loading Firearmsby by Michael L. McDaniel

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A Writer’s Guide to Muzzle-Loading Firearms


Michael L. McDaniel

Why Am I Writing This?

If you’re writing (or trying to write) historical fiction, the odds are good that you’ll wander into the realm of muzzle-loading firearms. There’s a lot of myths and misconceptions out there, so I decided to put together a brief guide for authors who aren’t familiar with these arms.

And What Qualifies Me To Write It, Anyway?

This is where I get to blush… I’ve been shooting muzzle-loading firearms for 45 years. Compete with the North-South Skirmish Association (a group dedicated to shooting American Civil War firearms in competition). Certified as a Muzzle-Loading instructor by the National Muzzle-Loading Rifle Association. I’m also a member of the U.S. International Muzzle-Loading Team, and have represented the USA at the World Championships since 1996. Managed to win the Original division of the 50 meter percussion revolver match (Malson-O) and…

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Author: Foxfier

Former sailor, current geek, conservative, mother and practicing Catholic. Refugee from the Seattle blob. (No, we DIDN'T vote for those taxes!) Elf is my husband, our kids are Princess, Duchess, Baron, Empress, Chief, the Contessa, and the 7th Son.

6 thoughts on “A Writer’s Guide to Muzzle-Loading Firearmsby by Michael L. McDaniel”

  1. Everything I know about muzzleloading firearms, I learned from Sharpe. And also from watching a family member lose a screwdriver down the barrel of one.

  2. Totally unrelated comment here… but a while back on Mad Genius Club, you mentioned “EveMoWriMo” writing group on MeWe. I am a member there though I don’t check the site often. I did a search for the group but could not find it… could you direct me? I would appreciate it. Thanks.

    1. You have to get an invite from a member to see it.
      I am using the email you’ve got associated with this comment to send you an invite, because I just figured out how to do that.

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