Happy owner of an EIG replica 1851 Navy revolver that I'd like to wear at various events around the country. I'm Googled out trying to find a source for answers:
I'm in the state of Georgia, as that might matter, but plan on flying with it to events around the States.
Legal questions: I've heard that black powder guns don't require registration, but SURELY there must be some government hoops to jump through to keep me safe. Suggestions?
Traveling with one: Airports. Good sense says it should be in my checked luggage. Any other things I need to know to keep from having it confiscated, stolen or other problems?
Care: I don't even know if I'll ever shoot this thing. Getting clumsier every day, to I probably won't. Any basic care to keep this gun nice? I've never owned one, except a small 22 that I've never even fired. (Inherited it.)
Feel free to recommend any web sites or other information. I'd appreciate it. Cross posting here would seem inconsiderate, so I hope this is the right forum to enter with this.
Mike Goettee (I'm not a REAL cowboy. I'm a SEARS cowboy!)
Keep it oiled. 3-in-1 oil is fine. Wipe it down before you put it in a holster & go out with it, but oil it afterward. If you shoot blanks in it use at most 15 gr of .FFFg & a toilet-paper wad. Afterwards disassemble the pistol, wash everything in hot soapy water--real soap, not detergent, use Ivory bar soap shredded into a blender w/hot water--dry it off, & oil it thoroughly. Before you use it again run a dry patch into the chambers. Otherwise the oil will kill the powder. If you never plan to shoot it but just to use it as a display piece, have the barrel & cylinder plugged. A plugged barrel & cylinder renders it incapable of being loaded & fired.
As for putting it in your checked luggage, simply padlock the luggage. That will keep it from being stolen. It'll certainly be detected by X-ray, so be prepared to answer questions about it. It's a replica of a 19th century percussion revolver & you have no ammo for it. If it's plugged it's a non-firearm.
Thanks for that. Printing it out to put with my gun. Hadn't planned on firing, but then a few months ago, I hadn't even planned on owning one.