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Antique black powder gauge on pistol

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I think it would take some guts to pull that trigger.


Back in the 18th century, early especially, imported black powder was much higher quality and potent than domestically produced powder and was highly sought after.  But if all you could get was locally made stuff, you used what you had to use.

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Well, the formula could or could not be consistent, but there's also ingredient purity, fineness of grinding, mixing, etc.  And it is very dangerous to make.  Even today.  Just a few years ago, DuPont had their BP plant blow up and stopped making it.  And DuPont knows a few things about making BP.  The DuPont brothers were handed a million dollars when they stepped off the boat in 1800 to make a BP plant for the new country.

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