Auf die Barrikaden wrote:From Mark Traugott's "The Insurgent Barricade", the usual way to obtain a rifle during a barricade incident was raiding gunshops, national guard posts and lone guardsmen or understrength units in the street.
Sounds dangerous, but then if you're going to build a barricade what's a little more danger? They probably wouldn't just have them on hand. I have no ideas what the gun laws were in France, if any, during the 19th century.
I always wondered why there was no collection market for 19th century Paris insurgencies and revolutions, similar to maybe US civil war collectors. If I had alot of money I'd pay a load of experts to track down anything original that was used in 1830 or 1848. Even if it's only a paving stone.
I bet there are practically no surviving examples of guns from the era because they were all melted down to make more modern ones for later wars. This is just a guess. That's what happened to the fabulous lace-making machines of the 19th century, and is why modern machine-made lace is so crappy. There aren't any of the old machines left. Paving stones--They're probably still in place under a lot of subsequent paving. But yeah, wouldn't it be more than cool to have something that was actually used then. You might really be able to get copies of magazines from the times.
On the other hand, there may be less heavy-duty relics of 1848 in Texas, because a lot of political refugees settled in Texas and in fact there were German-speaking communities here until at least the 1970s.
Don't mess with Texas! We mess up enough by ourselves.
I have actually made bullets like they're doing in my avatar. Then loaded the gun with a ramrod, and shot it. But I'm not feeling real good about guns right now.