Our most respected “rifleman” scholar craftsman, Wallace Gussler, often illustrates these points while wearing a hand-made, linen rifleman’s shirt and carrying an American rifle, pouch and Pennsylvania screw-tip horn, each item the earliest known American type.Turned ends and threaded, removable tips, dating to the 17th Century, can be found both in England and on the European continent.When I was a boy in my teens, I well remember the first time I went hunting.Along with a breech loading gun I carried a leather flask for shot and a copper powder flask.Once a critical tool on frontiers and battlefields, the powder horn has become an informative resource for early military and civilian history, particularly that of North America.Aside of details about genealogy and location, powder horns offer a glimpse of human hardship, beauty, and hope.
At present I have some 200 flasks practically all of differing design and size.
This interesting accessory really belonged, of course, to the era of the percussion cap, muzzle loading firearm which ended with the Civil War period; but in all pursuits there are always a few who are slow to abandon old ways and methods.
Even today, one occasionally finds an old hunter stubbornly clinging to his muzzle loading gun and the accompanying powder flask.
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