Wow! What a magnificently odd gun! It is what it is and just doesn't pretend to be anything else, does it? My first BP gun was a Brown Bess, the "Italian" repro that became available in the mid/late 70s. My parents gave it to me for Christmas in 1979. Original cost $125! Still fires just fine all these years later. I've reenacted with it, hunted deer with it, and even used it in US Army training. I developed a tank tactical range when I was a platoon leader. We used my Brown Bess to simulate the firing signature of an anti-tank weapon. (The tank negotiating the course then needed to take evasive action.) Fired that old gun a month ago and was reminded why I like it so much. That's one I will never part with, even if I have to sleep in my car!
Pine River Boys, Co I, 7th Wisconsin
"We're... Christians, what read the Bible and foller what it says about lovin' your enemies and carin' for them what despitefully use you -- that is, after you've downed 'em good and hard."
-Si Klegg and His Pard Shorty