tarathiel wrote:We'll just have to give it a try.
So what's your verdict on the Sharpe books that you've read so far?
Having seen and fired a black powder weapon, although it was a much later design than the brown bess musket and even the baker rifle, i can only imagine the skill it would have taken to load them quickly enough to fire four rounds a minute, as Sharpe so graphically describes.
Hello Claymore, you have to read the other books in those series. 3 in each, I believe. If you liked the Saxon Chronicles, you would enjoy the Warlord Chronicles as well. ( which, to date, Cornwell says are his favorites )
tarathiel wrote:Hi Claymore.
I havn't read much Cornwell other than Sharpe. But i keep meaning to try the Warlord books.
Have you ever fired the Brown Bess Portia?
I only ever fired a fowling gun but it still took an age to load and created an amazing amount of smoke compared to a modern 12 bore. What surprised me is that the 12 bore actually has a much bigger kick when you fire it.
It's amazing how many common sayings date back to this particular period of history, and in particular the firing of a musket or other muzzle loader:
To go off half cocked.
Flash in the pan.
Squib or Damp squib.
Bite the bullet.
I really liked Triumph. It filled in a huge key gap in the story of Sharpe and his personal history.
I've just been given Sharpes Waterloo on DVD
I think i've seen most of them on TV but i know i havn't seen this one yet.
I'm looking forward to a quiet evening in front of the TV.
We also have 2 muzzle loading pistols. When they were new my husband took them to the range to test fire them. He loaded them very lightly. When he pulled trigger (with a string from 6 feet back)
tarathiel wrote:Claymore, the fact that an old muzzle loader has been fired so many times in its life means that there will inevitably be wear and tear on the barrel so it is important that the gun is properly checked out, or proofed.
Because you are dealing with actual gun powder and sparks means that there is more chance of an 'incident' than with a modern gun.
But that said, all firearms need to be handled with respect. I have a close friend who had a very close shave with a split barrel on a modern shot gun. Luckily he wasn't badly hurt but it could have been very serious.
Claymore wrote: Fire-arms are absolutely forbidden where I live.
tarathiel wrote:I thought from your name that you were a Scot.
Does The Sharpe series air on The BBC channel ? ( I have yet to see it ) That's the only British station that I receive here in the U.S.
What is the transition from books to TV like for the first time ? Similar to LOTR on film, meaning you are so expectant to see a book you love in a live action format that you look past the faults ? Just curious here.
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