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the Brown Bess Short Land. You might think your .308 is a hefty round, wait until you hold a .69 caliber lead ball meant for this absolute monster. The Brown Bess, chambered in .75 caliber, has seen more wars than the AK and M4 combined, and was instrumental in building one of the largest empires the world has ever known. If you're reading this, chances are high, you live in a country that Britain colonized, conquered or subjugated in their bid for world domination. These muskets saw action on every continent and in every army for over 100 years. For a century, the Brown Bess was the standard to be beaten by other nations. Forget the AK, the Bess beat back Napoleon, it decimated Scottish rebels, it tore gaps in American lines, it send Spaniards running, it brought all of India to heel. Robust, durable, slim and lightweight, the Bess, more than any muzzleloader in history, has influenced world affairs. Now is your chance to own one. I have exactly five two for sale, when they're gone, they're gone.

$460, per kit. You can't even buy an AR15 for that anymore.

These are all echoes of history forgotten by most. They are brand new kits, so you don't have to worry about whether the previous owner oiled it, or cleaned it, or kept it from rusting. It is a fresh slate. Regarding the work to be done:

-Stain the stock. These stocks are made of teak, whereas historically they would be made of walnut. While teak is a tough wood, it doesn't 'look' right. A simple $6 can of walnut stain from Home Depot fixes this. Alternatively, I never bothered to stain my personal muskets. It doesn't affect performance at all.

-Drill the touch-hole. You'll need a vise, a 1/16" drill bit, and a drill. I can walk you through the process over email, or in person.

-Clean up the grease. These are packed in some serious grease to survive their journey overseas without damage or rust. It's just like any other gun grease, just more robust.

-Stamps. These aren't necessary but are historically accurate. There are several companies around the USA offering their services to stamp everything properly as it would have appeared at the time.

I can happily point you to shops selling bullets, powder and flint, but for those taking this to its extreme, all of these are easy to find on your own. Roofing companies often give lead sheeting away free, a lead bullet mold is $30 on Ebay, you can produce your own powder with $40 of equipment, and flint can be found along most rivers. I have fired homemade powder, homemade lead and found-on-the-ground flints before, and gotten my shots down to a nickel a shot. Get that price out of your AR!

Own a piece of history. This is one firearm you'll want to mount over the fireplace, and take with you to the range every time. Everyone has an AR-15 and a Glock, and this forum is choked with them, all exactly the same. How dull! How many of your friends own a genuine flintlock? How many of your friends hold a piece of American history? I thought so.

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