Sam Houston was inaugurated as the Republic of Texas' first president. Houston held the office until December 1838 and he was elected president for the second time in 1841. He held the presidency until 1844. After Texas became a U.S. state in 1845,... Read more ...
Texas' first president
Sam Houston was inaugurated as the Republic of Texas' first president. Houston held the office until December 1838 and he was elected president for the second time in 1841. He held the presidency until 1844. After Texas became a U.S. state in 1845, he was elected to the Senate where he spent thirteen years until 1859.
Houston was central to the revolution in Texas and the subsequent war with Mexico in 1836. After the bloody defeat at the Battle of the Alamo, he was a leading figure in the ensuing Battle of San Jacinto where Mexican General Antonio López de Santa Anna was captured and forced to declare Texas independent.
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June, 1863: As the American Civil War raged on, a newly made percussion revolver passed the gates of the E. Remington & Sons factory in the small city of Ilion, New York. Exactly 150 years after the old veteran became mine. Now it was time to bring it back to life.
Published: 24. November 2007 by Øyvind Flatnes.
Edited: 25. November 2007.
Flintlock musket "by night". A spectacular sight, but many black powder weapons are accurate weapons as well.
2 Myths about Black powder Shooting
- It is a terrible recoil in black powder weapons.
- You won't hit a thing with them.
Both statements are far from being true. Black powder burns slowly and isn't by far as powerful as the modern powders. As an example we can use the enormous size of the Norwegian chamber loader from the 1850's: It fires a .69 calibre slug, but the recoil feels the same as if you were firing a 20 gauge shotgun. In other words, nothing to be afraid of. Most black powder guns are heavy and thus absorbing most of the recoil. Most black powder arms can be made to shoot very good, but it is sometimes hard work. Different loads, bullets and lubes has to be tested to achieve the best possible accuracy. In my opinion that is why so many new shooters give up the sport. The lack of guidance makes people fed up. But, with a little experience you'll quickly find out how you'll get a gun to shoot well, sometimes you will make it shoot just as well as an average quality modern arm. My tip is to never give up! When I first started shooting black powder I was a constant menace to everything but the target I was aiming at. In Norway the black powder shooters are members of the Norwegian Black powder Union (NSU): www.svartkruttunion.org
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The upcoming book From Musket to Metallic Cartridge: A Practical History of Black Powder Firearms is perhaps the world's most comprehensive guide to black powder shooting.