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    Hi guys,
    I am new and a muzzleloader shooter from Germany. Actually we have hot discussions because the government of Germany wants to tighten (again) the gun laws because of the teror assults in France. But if it come like I assume the result will be, that only the rules for muzzleloaders will be more strikt. That means, that you still can buy, e.g. a semiautomatic pistol and the adequate rounds with one licence, but for a single shot muzzleloader pistol you need a licence for the gun and one for the black powder. Actually we need just a licence for powder.
    My question is, how is it in Australia?
    I know that original antique muzzleloaders are free. Is it in all states the same? And whats about original percussion revolvers?
    And do you need a licence to buy the black powder, too?



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    I spoke with some cowboy action shooters from Australia a few years back and they told me they weren't having to deal with a lot of regulations regarding black powder firearms including percussion revolvers. Not sure how the powder is regulated over there. Here in the U.S. Over the last 20 years or so it has become more and more difficult to find real black powder available from retail outlets due to government storage regulations and the majority of shooters are now using substitute powders as a replacement for real black powder. You can still order black powder from the manufacturers but you have to pay additional and expensive hazardous material shipping fees to have the powder shipped to you. Depending upon how much powder you purchase and store you may also be required to have an approved powder magazine in which to store your powder.

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    In the states one does not need a special permit or license for B.P guns. Even felons can buy them since there is no background check done.
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    Black powder is asy to make. Gunpowder.
    Gunpowder, also known as black powder to distinguish it from modern smokeless powder, is the earliest known chemical explosive. It consists of a mixture of sulfur (S), charcoal (C), and potassium nitrate ( saltpeter, KNO 3 ). The sulfur and charcoal act as fuels while the saltpeter is an oxidizer.
    There is an excellent tutorial on powders manufacturing on Youtube. I am not joking it really is easy, and safe to make. Just be sure to follow the safety rules to the letter. You don't get a 'Do over' for screwing up.

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