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Kenai Middle School history teacher Bob Summers fires a replica of a flintlock rifle from the 1700s as his class watches from inside the school Wednesday afternoon. The weapon, which was loaded with powder but not a bullet, was one of four Summers showed the students while teaching them about the weapons and fighting techniques of the French and Indian War and Civil War. With a special permit signed by the school superintendent, the principle and the chief of police, Summers said he has been able to teach the lesson for about 18 years. Pointing to a 150-year-old Civil War musket, Summers said that the lesson was a chance for students to both hold and smell a reall piece of history.

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Posted: February 9, 2012 - 9:07am
Kerri Leavitt gets help sighting the flintlock rifle. In addition to the flintlock rifle and Civil War musket, students also saw a smoothbore trade gun from the 1700s and a Sharps buffalo rifle from the 1800s. Student Chase Feagin said he learned a lot about how advances in gun making changed the way war was fought. "I had no idea of the progression from flintlock, to percussion to metallic cartridges," he said.   M. Scott Moon
M. Scott Moon
Kerri Leavitt gets help sighting the flintlock rifle. In addition to the flintlock rifle and Civil War musket, students also saw a smoothbore trade gun from the 1700s and a Sharps buffalo rifle from the 1800s. Student Chase Feagin said he learned a lot about how advances in gun making changed the way war was fought. "I had no idea of the progression from flintlock, to percussion to metallic cartridges," he said.
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