I saw this on another site and thought it might be a good topic to start here. I have an old muzzle loader that's stamped "1813 Harpers Ferry". My great, great grandfather passed it down to my great grandfather and so on. Being the first born son my dad decided I should have it. Unfortunately it's seen better days. My Dad isn't much of a gun guy and the barrel (inside) is pretty rusty, I don't know if I'll ever try to clean and fire it. From what my dad told me it had been used to put meat on the table back in the days of my grandfathers.