Norinco imported a handful of muzzle loading SKS right after the AW ban started. There are a couple of web sites describing them. I guess it shows even the faceless billions of Communist China can have a sense of humor...
You know, thinking about it, though the AK-47 itself would be a big step forward, the *bigger* step forward would be from examining its ammunition. Figure they'd be using corrosive milsurp ammo... that's potassium chlorate primers, very nearly the perfect priming compound - cheap, virtually insensitive to extremes of temperature, and doesn't degrade over time, like the old mercuric and some new non-lead, non-corrosive primers. The CSA wouldn't care about it being corrosive; all their primers were corrosive anyway. And the best thing is, the chlorate priming compound is simple enough that 1860s chemists could identify and duplicate it.
There had been nitrocellulose gunpowders before 1865, but they had been unstable and tended more to being explosives than propellants - the French had tried nitrated wood pulp, and the Swiss had tried some other stuff, but they weren't making much progress. The chemistry of a modern smokeless propellant isn't very complex, but the processes to making a reliable propellant are. Still, just *knowing* there was a solution would have been an enormous help.
Darn, if I did not know better, someone would think you all are looking to get on a Armageddon reality show.
"The two enemies of the people are criminals and goverment, so let us tie the second down with the chains of the Constitution so that the second will not become the legal version of the first" ~ Thomas Jefferson
Even if it stopped there, that's 30 rapid-fire rounds, and you could strip it, rod out the gas system, and reassemble it faster than you could reload a muzzle-loader.
However, even if you left the gas system off and operated it as a straight-pull bolt action, the firepower advantage over the enemy would still be enormous. Even 50 years later, most of the world's military considered five rounds to be sufficient for a battle rifle, the only notable exception being those wacky Brits with an astonishing *ten* rounds in their Enfields.
a black powder SKS? muzzle loading to boot? where do i sign up for one! that is just too damn cool!
we should build a muzzle loading AKM! LOL!
Last edited by j427x; 01-17-2011 at 12:26 PM.
Most military forces today still use some muzzle loaders. They're called mortars and probably could even use black powder.
I have used 100 year old black powder .303 rifle blanks to launch training rifle-grenades. They work well and are predictable.
Don't mount the grenade launcher sight, but make the gas-flow bolt do double-duty as a removable clean-out plug. Attach the gas flow bolt to the front sling mount with a cute little chain, very 19th century style, so that Cletus & Bubba don't lose it.
Source on surplus Army of Northern Virginia magazine pouches