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Old 25th April 2015, 03:58 PM   #1
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Default An Omani abu Fitila Matchlock gun for comment

According to Elgood ( N50 page 86) this Abu Fitila is with a 17 th century barrel of architectural form.
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Old 25th April 2015, 04:00 PM   #2
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Old 25th April 2015, 08:38 PM   #3
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Yes a nice Omani Abu Fitila. What is overall length of the piece? To me it looks quite short.
I have one of these with overall length of 64" (1625mm) and barrel length of 46" (1170mm)
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Old 26th April 2015, 08:07 AM   #4
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Yes a nice Omani Abu Fitila. What is overall length of the piece? To me it looks quite short.
I have one of these with overall length of 64" (1625mm) and barrel length of 46" (1170mm)
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Hi Stuart ,
Well seen this one have a barrel around 90 cm and overall 130 cm.
I 'm still astonished at this barrel is more than 300 years old! Do you have a similar design in your barrel I would like to see.

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Old 26th April 2015, 11:15 AM   #5
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Old 26th April 2015, 11:22 AM   #6
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Well seen this one have a barrel around 90 cm and overall 130 cm.
I 'm still astonished at this barrel is more than 300 years old! Do you have a similar design in your barrel I would like to see.

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Salaams Cerjac, I have several barrels and complete Abu Futilla... Father of the Match or the one with the match ... Looking through Icoman it appears that a lot of guns were German...but as you say this Barrel seems to be Persian or Indian? I mention Icoman many times in http://www.vikingsword.com/vb/showt...highlight=Forts and I have a number of barrels that have blown apart at the first join. In my store there's a barrel just like yours. In the Islamic Arms by the late Anthony North he goes immediately into a description of these firearms and how a tried and trusted system in this theatre lasted and lasted ...That is very much the case with Omani weapons where for example Abu Futilla were still being used well into the late 20th Century! not to mention the length of time of the Omani Battle Sword...

http://www.klm-mra.be/icomam/downloads/issue07.pdf is a useful reference and sets the background for the general theme...

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Old 26th April 2015, 12:04 PM   #7
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Hello Cerjak,here is my Omani matchlock,missing few parts but that's the way I got it
AN OMANI MATCHLOCK MUSKET
Description: The rosewood stock of characteristic form with expanded butt. With profiled and pierced trigger, the brass barrel bands retaining the forearm sheathing. Barrel with finely profiled pan and rear sight, breach and muzzle deeply inlaid with brass. Retains its brass match receptacle and extinguisher, as well as a length of original match cord. Early 19th century. Ramrod intact. Overall length 140.7 cm.Condition II
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Greetings Ibrahiim
please could you let me know missing things needed to complete my Omani musket as you are an expert with these type of muskets,appreciate your inputs
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Old 26th April 2015, 01:01 PM   #9
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Hi all!

The barrels are Persian barrels, according to Elgood.
Better than his book on firearms, better to refer on his "Arms and armour of Arabia"...more informative if I may.
For the Persian barrels, I think we should wait the book of Manoucher Khorasani.
http://www.moshtaghkhorasani.com/bi...fire-and-steel/
I'm sure that it will be a very interesting book!
Despite some critics about his work "Arms and armour from Iran" that I've seen on the forum. Manoucher Khorasani's work is really impressive and very informative. I guess it's always more easy to criticise than to do something.

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Old 26th April 2015, 04:06 PM   #10
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Salaams Cerjac, I have several barrels and complete Abu Futilla... Father of the Match or the one with the match ... Looking through Icoman it appears that a lot of guns were German...but as you say this Barrel seems to be Persian or Indian? I mention Icoman many times in http://www.vikingsword.com/vb/showt...highlight=Forts and I have a number of barrels that have blown apart at the first join. In my store there's a barrel just like yours. In the Islamic Arms by the late Anthony North he goes immediately into a description of these firearms and how a tried and trusted system in this theatre lasted and lasted ...That is very much the case with Omani weapons where for example Abu Futilla were still being used well into the late 20th Century! not to mention the length of time of the Omani Battle Sword...

http://www.klm-mra.be/icomam/downloads/issue07.pdf is a useful reference and sets the background for the general theme...

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Salam iBrahiim

Thank you for this very interesting link It will be great if you could post some pics from your barrel.
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Old 26th April 2015, 04:16 PM   #11
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Greetings Ibrahiim
please could you let me know missing things needed to complete my Omani musket as you are an expert with these type of muskets,appreciate your inputs
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Hi Rajesh

Thank you to have post your Abu Fitila ,the only thing I don't see in your barrel it is may be the front sight But Im not sure ( yours pictures don't show it)
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Hi Stuart ,
Well seen this one have a barrel around 90 cm and overall 130 cm.
I 'm still astonished at this barrel is more than 300 years old! Do you have a similar design in your barrel I would like to see.

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Yes the basic design is very similar to yours but not as ornate in terms of scroll work. Also there are no marks in the barrel recess.
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Old 26th April 2015, 08:34 PM   #13
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Hello Cerjak,here is my Omani matchlock,missing few parts but that's the way I got it
AN OMANI MATCHLOCK MUSKET
Description: The rosewood stock of characteristic form with expanded butt. With profiled and pierced trigger, the brass barrel bands retaining the forearm sheathing. Barrel with finely profiled pan and rear sight, breach and muzzle deeply inlaid with brass. Retains its brass match receptacle and extinguisher, as well as a length of original match cord. Early 19th century. Ramrod intact. Overall length 140.7 cm.Condition II
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.... I do not see the match retainer/extinguisher.....
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Old 27th April 2015, 03:56 AM   #14
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HI STU,IBRAHIIM OR SOMEONE ELSE COULD HELP ME GET THAT PART AS ITS NOT AVAILABLE HERE,LET ME KNOW IF SOMEONE HAS A SPARE ONE TO SELL,MANY THANKS
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HI STU,IBRAHIIM OR SOMEONE ELSE COULD HELP ME GET THAT PART AS ITS NOT AVAILABLE HERE,LET ME KNOW IF SOMEONE HAS A SPARE ONE TO SELL,MANY THANKS

Make one.....
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I'm not too familiar with these Omani matchlocks. So I can't really add much to this Thread. But the highly fluted and chiseled barrels are fabulous looking. It would probably not be unusual for 2 or 3 later period guns being made utilizing the same original barrel. Rick.
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HI STU,IBRAHIIM OR SOMEONE ELSE COULD HELP ME GET THAT PART AS ITS NOT AVAILABLE HERE,LET ME KNOW IF SOMEONE HAS A SPARE ONE TO SELL,MANY THANKS



Salaams Bandook, The spare parts are dead rare ... however I shall keep an eye out for things like spare brass trigger and fire holders as well as the rope fuse wrapped around the butt and ramrods.... in due course. Where possible you may like to have a go at making them yourself...often the only way...
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SAALAM IBHRAIIM
THANKS FOR REPLYING,INCASE YOU FIND THOSE ORIGINAL PARTS DO LET ME KNOW,AM SURE IN OMAN ONE CAN STILL FIND THEM,CHEERS
SUKHRAN HABIBI
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Salaams I just need to slide in a few barrels as examples here...some are blown. It is interesting that Icoman see http://www.klm-mra.be/icomam/downloads/issue07.pdf appear to suggest a relationship with German barrels however I follow the Persia link. I throw in a picture of 3 Omani wooden powder flasks and a picture of tribals with abu futilla ...the one with the match..(Literal translation is Father of the Match). Added for good measure... is a shot...of the brass cases containing the barrel charge and wadd...which fit in a belt ...in the style of The Ottoman item. In addition various sketches of Omani tribal warriors with the weapon displayed. What I dont show here is the preferred use of skin ...wolf...around the butt probably with Talismanic properties.

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Another artwork addition...
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The tree from which the gunpowder was made and mixed with...Sodoms Apple...Roasted and mixed with sulphur etc... growing wild in my garden.
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Have you tried to make powder with this tree? Does it need large amounts of water to grow? I really am interested to know more about this. If it does not put up as much pressure as black powder it would explain how the stocks of a lot of these type of guns could be so fragile as compared to the European styles

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Have you tried to make powder with this tree? Does it need large amounts of water to grow? I really am interested to know more about this. If it does not put up as much pressure as black powder it would explain how the stocks of a lot of these type of guns could be so fragile as compared to the European styles



Salaams Ward, Yes it could prove interesting... The explosion at the breach end is a bit soft...but the problem is that this plant is very toxic... It is extremely poisonous... Typical for a poisonous plant it exudes a lot of milky sap...Even touching it is dodgey. It needs little water... being a desert plant...It has the annoying ability to send its roots way down deep....They are very difficult to get rid of. I believe the right terminology is that roasted the plant is ideal as a carrier for the rest of the concoction...The low tons per square inch at the breach may indeed be the reason for light Butts and Stocks.
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I live in high desert. That is why I am asking. We have a tree similar in the way that it grows called Mesquite. A hard wood that you break up with a sledge hammer and has roots that go 50-100 feet. I will have to see if I can get some seeds and get it to grow.
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