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Once took a primitive survival class, during the winter. We were allowed to bring one weapon, but it couldn't be a long arm. I was the only one, for some reason, that brought a flintlock pistol. The last day was cold and wet, and part of the scenario that day was the loss of flint and steel. Needless to say, I was the only one with a fire that day. Took the lock out of the pistol and used it to get my spark.

The instructor called me a smarta&☆ and said he should have known I'd do that.
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Here ya go! Sharpstick!
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Is that dryer lint I see in there?   :bl th up
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Speaking of butane lighters, I wonder what kind of fancy flint & steel gadgets were in use back in the day.  Surely, someone decided it was easier to use something like a flintlock to start their fires.

I had forgotten all about those fancy little flint lighters.  Cute.  When we used to re-enact Spokane House in eastern Washington, we put on several demonstrations of fire starting.  One of the methods we used was plugging the vent of a rifle or pistol and putting a piece of char cloth and using the lock to shower down some sparks onto the cloth.  Worked great every time.

John (Bigsmoke)
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In my survival kit I always keep two small bags of Fritos. They make really great fuel, because of the oil in them.
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Accoutrements / Re: Powder Horn History#15 APPLIED TIP
« Last post by Spotted Bull on August 12, 2020, 02:49:46 PM »
Nice horn, Jim. Great solution to an oops!
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 :bl th up :applaud
Here ya go! Sharpstick!
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Here ya go! Sharpstick!
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If you concentrate hard on aiming & follow-through after the trigger pull, better accuracy should result - remember: practice makes perfect !   8)

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Why bother picking lint from the dryer? Just collect the cotton they pack in all those pill bottles I know all of us old geezers get on a regular basis.
Add a little vaseline and they work wonderfully. I suppose to be historically correct vaseline is out. But I'd bet there were plenty of similar substances that were available.

Here in AZ pitch from the prevalent pitch pine trees was used.  Take a piece of wood from a pitchy knot, soak in it in water for a week or two and it will still light at the smallest touch of flame.  For years I've kept a few pieces of pitch pine in my emergency kit along with my flint & steel, fire piston, bow drill rock and string, and, of course, my bag of cotton lint.

Speaking of butane lighters, I wonder what kind of fancy flint & steel gadgets were in use back in the day.  Surely, someone decided it was easier to use something like a flintlock to start their fires.
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