Was Cheney there? Sad deal all around. At least he wasn’t killed.
Glad the guy is okay.
So what movie is this? (crosses fingers for third installment of Gettysburg series)
Typically, it is the ram rod left in the barrel in the excitement. After the Gettysburg, anniversary and several incidents, our unit removed ram rods entirely during actual reenactments. Not realistic, but keeps it from being real.
That wasn’t a peace treaty. That was just a cease-fire...
I wonder if they found the bullet.
The closest to this I had ever witnessed was a drunk on the sideline yelling a lot of inappropriate insults. After the the “battle” was over, a large group took the guy out of the crowd and “executed” him by “firing squad” complete with blindfold. The crowd loved it.
I'm a former CW re-enactor, with years of experience at both small and big events. After a guy with the 7th Virginia Infantry got shot accidentally at the huge 135th Anniversary Battle of Gettysburg re-enactment by a Frenchman who had flown over for the event without any training or experience and had fallen in with a less-than reputable Union cavalry unit, the hobby at large instituted wide-spread safety inspections before each scenario and required accountability on the part of battalion and brigade commanders.
Although there was a subsequent accident at Raymond, Mississippi, in which a guy got shot (through his testicles) with a .36 pistol round, the safety guidelines and intense weapons inspections have been quite successful since then. Obviously, at this event, the safety regime broke down, and someone got hurt. Both the event organizers and the the re-enactment community at large will suffer for it.
My guess is that it was some stupid cavalryman (infantry don't carry pistols--and they weren't close enough for a Confederate officer to have done it), who likes to target shoot his pistol at home and forgot that he had loaded it with a live round before coming to the event. That this guy's unit failed to properly inspect and pass the pistol is damning in the extreme. And he should NOT have been aiming directly at this Union cavalryman with the pistol, like it was a water gun.
Just keeping it real.
The Director was heard to shout, "Use it, use the pain!" as he called for a close-up.
“What the 73-year-old was actually hit with was a round from an 1860 Colt Army Revolver.”
....that’s a .44 Colt and shoots a big ball...that guy was lucky.....I’ve got an origional one that was my g-grandfather’s....it’s in good working order and would still kill you deader than hell....although it’s too valuable to shoot now.
Even elevating 40-45’ is still pointing a real firearm-too much movement and dynamic action to insure this measure is effective, especially as distance closes to CQB ranges (25 m or less).
The US Army has strict rules of employment of blank fire-and these weapons have plugged muzzles (to create adequate gas pressure to operate the semi/full auto mechanisms). Army Regs prohibit aiming at a “target” closer than 10m (33’)with blank fire, observer/controllers (O/Cs) are assigned to assess casualties in close quarters batle engagements, Multiple-Integrateg Laser Engagement Systems (MILES) provides mid-range hit assessment via low energy laser emitters triggered by blank fire and registered on opponents MILES receivers worn with battle gear.
The weapons used by re-enactors are 100% real, actual arms capable of shooting standard period projectiles with a perfectly free bore-the very recipe for injury.
Just not a safe concept-even with the controls used. All one needs to do is trip, poke the muzzle of your .58 cal 1861 Springfield charged with a paper wad and 30-50 grains of FG black powder into the belly of the guy along side you and negligently (accidentally as amateurs call it) drop the hammer. Capable of killing rather efficiently.
I am amazed that there are not more incidents in this hobby.
On the other hand, it is pretty cool to watch a good well executed historically accurate re-enactment.
This comment reflects my personal opinion as a professional Soldier and firearms trainer and is just that-my opinion, yours may vary.
God Bless and MOLON LABE.
“Civil War reenactment participant shot in Isle of Wight County”
Is that close to the heart or the kidneys? I forget.
I’m thankful it wasn’t a Parrot rifle.
Gotta love my bubbas. This must have been on a Friday pay day after work and the liquor store!!!!
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