Making a Hardware Store Muzzleloader


Making a Hardware Store Muzzleloader

Here’s a short two-part video showing a pretty decent build of a homemade muzzleloading pistol that was created from parts the guy found in a hardware store.

Warning: Turn off the sound, The only audio is some really bad “music.”

About two minutes in, I found myself cringing at the waste, as he cuts the lock plate from the MIDDLE of a large hunk of steel plate. He should’ve cut it from the edge to conserve his material. Please tell me I’m not the only person who thinks that way?

Impressive lock, but questionable mainspring.

I won’t bore you with a blow-by-blow. The video is in two parts but they’re only about 7 and 4 minutes long. Even if you don’t like his methods, it ought to give you some ideas anyhow.

Drilling out the hammer.
Drilling out the hammer.

Here are the videos. Enjoy.

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Editor & Contributing Writer Russ Chastain is a lifelong hunter and shooter who has spent his life learning about hunting, shooting, guns, ammunition, gunsmithing, reloading, and bullet casting. He started toting his own gun in the woods at age nine and he's pursued deer with rifles since 1982, so his hunting knowledge has been growing for more than three and a half decades. His desire and ability to share this knowledge with others has also grown, and Russ has been professionally writing and editing original hunting & shooting content since 1998. Russ Chastain has a passion for sharing accurate, honest, interesting hunting & shooting knowledge and stories with people of all skill levels.

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