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Old 02-09-2024, 02:42 PM   #2911
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The question is if the attackers realised the gun was empty.
Even if they (firstly) recognized that the gun was a reproduction musket rather than a reproduction Winchester repeating rifle and (secondly) kept cool enough heads under fire to remember how long it takes to reload one, I would argue that retreating was simple good sense. Are you going to bet your life that the kind of person who keeps antique firearms around doesn't have more than one?
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Old 02-09-2024, 09:46 PM   #2912
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Frankly, double barrel muzzle loaders are not rare.
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Old 02-11-2024, 12:07 AM   #2913
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Own a musket for home defense, since that's what the founding fathers intended.
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EDIT: For clarity, the title I opted for isn't trying to make any sort of political statement, but rather is a reference to the following copypasta:
You might not have, but that linked article gets rather overtly slanted.

Interesting that no charges are pending either direction...

As for only one shot...

there are several ways a musket can be multiple use...

Double muskets are rarities, but did exist; I suspect more replicas exist than the originals . 2, maybe 3, barrel monsters. Usually custom. Flintloques generally only could go 2; percussion cap rifles could easily (if heavily) go 3, especially in .30-.35 cal.

One could double stack as well... a second touch hole, and a slight sleeve to keep the rear minne ball from blocking its touch-hole... Not reliable, but the surprise value...

or the 4 to 7 shot (by caliber) front-of-cylinder loading revolving rifles of the mid-18th C. Colt 1855, for example. I've handled a 7 shot .30 pistol (we were trying to restore it; the nipples were all fouled).

Or, of course, the possibility of a bayonet...
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Old 02-11-2024, 05:18 AM   #2914
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You might not have, but that linked article gets rather overtly slanted.
I had a good deal of difficulty finding a source for the article that wasn't obviously pro-2A (most of them were from sites who's whole raison d'Ítre is championing the 2nd Amendment), and eventually settled on the most neutral one I could find.

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Interesting that no charges are pending either direction...
The article was written only a few days after the incident, and the only suspect the police had been able to identify (the one who caught the bullet) was apparently still in critical condition - I'm not certain police are in the habit of filing charges against someone who may be dead in a few days. I can't find any updates on the story, as it lacks any mainstream media coverage (see above my difficulty in finding a neutral news source for it).


As for all the "but what about if the guy actually had <whatever>" scenarios, yeah, that's the type of fog-of-war mechanics I was talking about. The omniscient view afforded the players in many systems/campaigns mean the players would know the guy was armed with a single barrel muzzleloader (or a double-barreled one, etc), if it had a bayonet or not, etc; the reality was the would-be home invaders had no idea what was going on beyond a loud bang and a blast of fire. They may have recognized it as a gunshot, but would have had no idea if it came from a pistol, rifle, musket, or small cannon.
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Old 02-14-2024, 12:00 PM   #2915
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Not weird, per se, but a good source of story seeds:

The NYPD Property room

https://www.nytimes.com/2024/02/14/n...ost-found.html
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Old 02-14-2024, 07:58 PM   #2916
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How do they keep getting in here. I thought the board's password check was moderately robust.
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Old 02-15-2024, 12:22 AM   #2917
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How do they keep getting in here. I thought the board's password check was moderately robust.
It is, but that doesn't prevent dozens to hundreds a day slipping through the cracks. We on the moderator crew do our best so that you usually only see, at most, a few a day on a bad day.
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Old 02-15-2024, 05:37 PM   #2918
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The body is under... the bombing range? A table purchased at a charity shop has a message painted on the bottom saying that the body is buried at a particular set of coordinates. These coordinates turn out to be a bomb testing range near a Florida Air Force base, so checking for a body is a bit problematic.
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Old 02-16-2024, 06:52 AM   #2919
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The body is under... the bombing range? A table purchased at a charity shop has a message painted on the bottom saying that the body is buried at a particular set of coordinates. These coordinates turn out to be a bomb testing range near a Florida Air Force base, so checking for a body is a bit problematic.
Sounds like either a joke/prank by a previous owner of the table or possibly part of some "solve the mystery" game - maybe the players were intended to look up the location on Google Maps, see the Star of David off a bit to the west, and use that as a clue for the next phase of the mystery?

For campaign purposes, you'd want the body to be of interest due to it carrying some documents/MacGuffin/whatever, such that the PC's don't have the option of notifying the authorities to halt testing and dig it up (or, as I assume is the case in real life, the authorities simply don't believe there's anything there). Then they've got to sneak onto a military base, hoping there aren't any bombing tests planned, and dig up the body themselves.
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Old 02-16-2024, 03:59 PM   #2920
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Don't forget unexploded ordinance, that may still go off...
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