EARL KATHAN, GUNSMITH
GUN REPAIR FOR GOOD OLD GUNS
Future President of Ducks Unlimited
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Step back into the 16th century to fire flintlock muzzleloaders when we introduce you to an Acworth, New Hampshire gunsmith who has forged a family business out of his love of history and predilection for tinkering with all things mechanical.
From Out & About
Watch Episode #4
FLINTLOCK & PERCUSSION MUSKETS
I said I would post it on the website if he actually got one and here it is.
Earl took this 3 pt. buck a few days into the muzzle loader season here in NH.
I have to say that I thought the freezer would be empty of venison this winter. Not because Earl is a bad hunter but the Matchlock is not exactly know for its reliability.
Interested in a new hunting challenge?
Hunting story to the right --------------->
MATCHLOCK HUNTING STORY
My dad taught me to hunt and do everything that the out of doors has to offer
when I was young. He helped me get my first deer at the age of eleven and I
have filled my tag almost every year since then. I'm now 50 years old and have
enjoyed Rifle hunting (with my 30/30) Bow hunting (with my Browning, recurves and self-bows) and have
always participated in the muzzloader hunting season with my TC Hawken. Now, I
gotta tell you that the more primitive something gets, the more I like it.
This hunting season I didn't get the big buck everyone
dreams of. In fact the buck I bagged was a respectable 125lb. 3 pointer. So
what was the big deal? For me it was the challenge of hunting with a Matchlock
Rifle. Most people, even hunters, don't know what that is. For a little
time-line history of guns you'd find that the percussion muzzleloader used by
most is from the 1800's. Before that was the flintlock in the 1700's, even
earlier was the Miquelet, Snaphaunce, and Wheel-Lock of the 1500's and 1600's.
One more step back in time gives us the Matchlock also known as the Arquebus.
It's development was realized in the early 1400's and was wide spread through
the orient. By 1425 the matchlock had made its way to Western Europe and
shortly after that, to the New World. Yep, were talking Pilgrim
My matchlock is .45 caliber and weighs in at 14.8 pounds. I had
carried it around for the first few days of the hunt and my arms were getting
tired. I decided to take an evening stand "down in the hole". I hiked in and
had just sat down on a stump at my favorite intersecting trail when the sound of
a snapping twig caught my attention. Sure enough it was a deer coming straight
to me. I reached in my pocket to grab my lighter...you gotta light the "slow
match". The match is a cotton, linen or wool cord soaked in a solution that
allows it to burn at a slower rate without going out. It's what provides
ignition to the gun. Earlier the same day I had a small deer standing not 25
feet away and I'd be darned if I could get that slow match to light and when it
finally did the deer was gone. Thank goodness the lighter lit the match on the
first try this time. The deer was still coming down the trail straight at me, I
pulled up and put the bead on his chest and squeezed the sear bar (trigger).
The lit match cord lowered into my pan of powder and .......nothing! The deer
is still coming so I let up on the sear bar and still pointing at the deer I
gently blew on the small weak coal at the end of the match cord. The coal grew
brighter and let out a few tiny sparks of life. Carefully I drew my sighted
attention back on the deer who had now stopped dead in his tracks because he
sensed something wasn't right (or maybe he smelled smoke?) Again I squeezed the
sear bar and uttered under my breath a small prayer for the little spark on the
end of the match cord to do its job ..........
WOOOSH BOOM! The smoke
cleared and I could see the young buck lying there. A big grin drew across
my face as I thought to myself of each person who laughed at me when I showed
them the gun I was going to hunt with this year. The Matchlock.
Federal Firearms Licensed Gunsmith
Earl Kathan Gunsmith LLC
PO Box 59
154 Black North Rd
Acworth, NH 03601