Muzzle Loading
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Basic Information

The method of loading a firearm through the muzzle. This required powder and shot as the ammunition could not very well be loaded as a single piece.

This was the original method of loading and remained in use until breech loading could be achieved safely - it became more or less obsolete in the second half of the 19th century after dominating since the introduction of gunpowder in 9th Century China.

The minie ball was a significant developement in muzzle loading which increased the rate of fire of muzzle loading rifles to something close to that of smooth bore weapons but by that time breech loading was increasingly viable and soon out competed it.


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Game and Story Use

  • Time travelling PCs would be well advised to get used to this - and practise hard since it is a lot slower than almost all forms of breech loading
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