Portugiserne slår franskmennene i slaget ved Rio de Janeiro. Kampene var konsentrert rundt fortet Uruçú-mirim. Den portugisiske kommandanten Estácio de Sá ble truffet av en pil i øyet under slaget, og døde en måned senere. Bakgrunnen var... Read more ...
Slaget ved Rio de Janeiro
Portugiserne slår franskmennene i slaget ved Rio de Janeiro. Kampene var konsentrert rundt fortet Uruçú-mirim. Den portugisiske kommandanten Estácio de Sá ble truffet av en pil i øyet under slaget, og døde en måned senere.
Bakgrunnen var at 500 franske kolonister under ledelse av den franske admiralen Nicolas Durand de Villegaignon okkuperte en av øyene i Guanabarabukten i 1555, som nå heter Villegagnonøya. Han fikk der bygget Fort Coligny som et ledd i opprettelsen av den franske kolonien France Antarctique.
Selve byen Rio de Janeiro ble grunnlagt av portugiserne 1. mars 1565. Byen ble grunnlagt som en base for å forberede en invasjon av den franske bosetningen, noe som ble gjort i 1567. Inntil tidlig i det 18. århundre ble byen truet eller invadert av flere, for det meste franskmenn, pirater og sjørøvere.
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June, 1863: As the American Civil War raged on, a newly made percussion revolver passed the gates of the E. Remington & Sons factory in the small city of Ilion, New York. Exactly 150 years after the old veteran became mine. Now it was time to bring it back to life.
Published: 24 September 2008 by Øyvind Flatnes.
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Ardesa in Spain is one of the companies that manufacture cheap entry level replica black powder firearms. It is rumoured that Ardesa, marketed by Tradtions in the US, has improved their quality in later years. This should especially apply to flintlocks. Ardesa weapons are still cheaper than, for example, firearms from Davide Pedersoli. That being said, I wasn't expecting a quality firearm, but from other shooters I have heard that Ardesa firearms are quite accurate.
I ordered a cheap .45 calibre rifled flintlock Kentucky pistol from the Norwegian Ardesa importer. The pistol was ordered as a kit, which allowed me to shape the stock as I wanted. I regarded it as highly probable that I had to modify a finished pistol either way, so a kit would be perfect. Cheap replicas often have stocks with way too much wood on them which needs to be removed anyway.
Putting the kit together
The first shots
Finally, the day came when I could test fire the pistol. The lock looked ok, and a flash hole liner was installed. The Ardesa flash hole liner is coned from the outside, but I prefer liners that are coned from the outside, such as Jim Chambers's White Lightnin liner. A new and sharp flint was secured by the jaws of the cock, and I was ready.
Overall impression of the kit
- Positive: A cheap pistol that is reasonably accurate. Fast ignition. The frizzen seems to be properly hardened.
- Negative: Poor screws and fragile parts. Marks from the button rifling inside the barrel.