Shooting Like A Patriot – Kirsten Joy Weiss Shoots A Flintlock

Just like Kirsten before this video, I have never shot a flintlock before. Kirsten explains a little about the flintlock and shows the steps of how to load it and shoot it. She aims at a clay pigeon set up on a tree trunk at about 25 yards away and smashes it to smithereens.

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  • Douglas Pickerell

    I don’t know if she’s married or not but if so he is one lucky guy.

    • Rock or Something

      Only if he stays in her good graces…

  • Cal.Bar

    That’s practically pay-per-view material!

    • Mike Washburn

      She is posing with the rifle as if to shoot but no safety glasses. Bad. I know she mentions them later but she is still implying , early on, that this is ok.

  • clay

    is the priming powder she put in the pan the same as the powder in the barrel?

    • Porty1119

      No. I believe the main charge would be FFF, and the priming powder would be FFFF.

    • Jay

      The priming powder is much finer grain and a lot more powerful.
      The easiest way to turn a musket into a grenade is to load priming powder as main charge.

    • codfilet

      I’ve been shooting flintlocks for close to 50 years. I have FFFF powder now, but back when I was a kid shooting, I was lucky to even find FFF, so that’s what I used for both main charge and prime. It worked fine. Flints were tough to find then, too, so I figured out how to chip flint rocks to make useable flints. That’s the beauty of a Flintlock, that makes it useful now as 200 years ago-they can be kept shooting in primitive conditions.

    • gunsandrockets

      “cartridge” loading drill for a military flintlock musket used the same powder for priming the pan as for loading the barrel.

  • TheNotoriousIUD

    Killing people used to be a gigantic pain in the a-s.

    • Bill

      WAY too much work. Might as well negotiate a peace agreement…


    • crackedlenses

      That’s why volley fire was invented. One musket might be useless, but if you get a whole bunch of them firing in the same direction….

    • RICH


  • Raoul O’Shaugnessy

    That bit with the ramrod needs to be edited into an animated .gif.

  • Steve

    She primed it wrong. You only add a little to the far side of the priming pan not try to stop up the vent with the stuff. Her method will mean hang fires and slow ignition. Flint rifles are not for those that want to ignore the small details.

  • RickOAA .

    I’ve been tempted to get into black powder shooting. A Remington New Army and a Kentucky style rifle, perhaps.

  • gunsandrockets

    The flintlock rifle that the delightful Kirsten was handling is a modern black-powder sporting arm, with a mishmash of modern, 19th century and 18th century features.

    The obvious modern features are the fibre-optic dot sights. Flintlocks although the dominant form of ignition for over 200 years were pretty quickly replaced after the advent of percussion ignition in the early 19th century. Otherwise the general pattern of the rifle fits an American style used in the middle 19th Century and commonly called a “plains rifle”: half-stocked, shorter barrel, set triggers.

    • RICH

      Black powder shooting is a blast ! Smoke, sparks, smell and dirty ! ! the only thing that’s more fun is shooting my ’28A1 Thompson….. ! !

    • Marcus D.

      And the 18th Century arms were substantially longer than the plains rifles. Moreover, 70 grains is not exactly a target load; it was enough for the cartridge .45-70 after all, and was a fairly standard military load during the Civil War that could kill at 300 yards. It is still enough today to hunt deer, notwithstanding all the hype about modern “magnum” load rifles. Many black powder firearms lose accuracy as powder loads meet and exceed 100 grains. Most manufacturers recommend starting at 50 grains and working up to your most accurate load, and most barrels are not rated to exceed 100 grains.

  • Bill

    Should have reproduced the “courier leaving the fort” scenes from “Last of the Mohicans.”

  • Sinbad 1

    I think that thing to load your powder is called a powder measure

  • Thomas Higgins

    Can she fire three rounds a minute in any weather? Fine. But can she stand?
    And yes, that was a Sharpe reference.

  • adverse4

    I’m a dirty old man.