I can't think of any scenario where the evolution of the hobby results in a large end item manufacturer (like muskets) producing a flood of new and improved items. If anything, from a business perspective, this market is pretty much saturated. Frankly, I'm glad that I have as many muskets as I want right now. The sticker price right now is 2x what I paid for my last musket. I'm doubly glad I got a Sharps when I did, because frankly they're outside my reach now. I have no gunsmithing skills, so I admire what you guys do.
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