By Lars Dalseide | October 24 2012 11:54

British flintlock musket known as the "Brown Bess" ignites thrills

Brown Bess, the British Army's Land Pattern Musket, smoking after a shot at the NRA Range

Fairfax, Virginia - These are the calls you love to get at the NRA.

Folks from the National Firearms Museum called up this morning to say that they'll be tied up all day. Sorry, can't be helped, but we're shooting guns for American Rifleman all day. Really? Can I come along?

Loading Brown Bess, the British Army's Land Pattern Musket, at the NRA Range

Thanks to Senior Curator Phil Schreier, I was able to gain access during the American Rifleman shoot. While there were a lot of guns on tap, I was waiting for the Brown Bess ... the British musket put to great use by our forefathers during the American Revolution.

First goes in the powder, then a wad and finally the ball.

Taking aim with Brown Bess, the British Army's Land Pattern Musket, at the NRA Range

All of this was being filmed for future episodes of American Rifleman's television show on the Outdoor Channel. While I can't giveaway much by way of details, I can say that it's part one of a four part series.

So with a few video cameras all rolling at once, Schreier takes aim ... ready for the firing command.

Sparks fly when the flint hits the steel of a Brown Bess, the British Army's Land Pattern Musket, at the NRA Range

The trigger is pulled, the hammer goes down and the flint creates a spark. That spark ignites the blackpowder, the powder fires and hurtles the ball down range.

"You guys have to see this," the camera man said with a laugh.

Taking us to the high-speed slow-motion video camera, we all gathered round to witness the results.

Sparks ignites the black powder of a Brown Bess, the British Army's Land Pattern Musket, at the NRA Range

Hopefully these stills will provide a portion of the thrill the super slow-mo gave us on the range.

American Rifleman TV airs Wednesday nights at 10pm Eastern on the Outdoor Channel. Do yourself a favor and tune in.

A smoking Brown Bess, the British Army's Land Pattern Musket, at the NRA Range

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