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***This is a request for information, not a confrontational post!****


First, you may wish to put the Policies tab at the bottom of the main page in a place that is a bit easier to find.


2nd, as I am intending to dress as a Duskwarden, for at least 1 day, I have recently acquired a replica flintlock pistol for the costume. 



I posted the images in the "Aquisitions Thread" and an alert forumite sent me a pm with a link to the weapons policies # 8 & 9.


So my quandary is, is this an ok piece of costume? It will be inside my boot, and cable tied to my leg and not be able to be drawn and brandished.


As a long time attendee of many Ren Faires, I am well aware of peace bonding rules, and I abide by them, to the point that my weapons are bonded by myself before arriving, and usually exceed the requirements of the venues that I have been to.


As I will be flying to Texas, space and weight are at a premium, and I would rather not carry something I cannot use...

On the other hand, I do feel that it fits the costume and the concept art of Jakob Knochengard, Duskwarden Captain.


I stand ready to accept the decisions of mine hosts.




***This is a request for information, not a confrontational post!****

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Please abide by our weapons policy: Weapons may only be brought as part of a costume, and must follow these guidelines: All weapons must be non-working and peace bonded. No functioning projectile weapons – including water pistols, silly-string guns, and ping-pong pistols. Bladed weapons must be cased or sheathed and peace-bonded at all times. No clowning around or showing off in the common areas. Any weapon used in an offensive manner will be confiscated and rule #6 enforced. We expect you to use good judgment; with your help, we can continue to allow peace-bonded weapons - thanks!


Especially in the harsh reality of our times, ReaperCon security staff, hotel security, and local law enforcement officials will treat anything that looks like a real gun as a real gun. We do not post bail.


These are the appropriate rules as you have linked them. 


Those rules were written before some recent changes in Texas law regarding Open Carry and Concealed Carry, and could stand to be modified, although funny enough, we need to consult our attorney before we do because the state law is quite specific*.


If you can assure me that the weapon is non-functioning, and not capable of becoming functioning (such as by the act of loading, priming, etc.), and further, that it will be bonded such as to be unable to be drawn without significant effort, I have no grounds to disallow it. 



*Black powder weapons are not considered handguns by legal definition in Texas, so our Open- and Concealed- Carry laws do not apply, but there's some very specific rules about handguns that we need to be careful of in different situations than this one.

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This is a good thread. :O


At a lot of cons they go strict on the weapons, because while the con staff and attendees know the weapons are made of foam or non-functioning, etc, people outside of the con can go ????? really fast.


I was actually going to PM about that - I found a very nice stick for Andowyn's staff. It's about 5.5 feet tall. I'd love if I could use it. It would save me several hours of trying to make one with foam and cpvc pipe. :lol:

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As mentioned pics of the item in question showing it's non functionality.


First, the barrel is only drilled to the length of 2".

Picture of a standard pencil,


the pencil dropped in the barrel,


The pencil with a green sharpie mark on it,


the pencil showing the green sharpie mark.



Next is a picture of the frizzen, the place that the piece of flint strikes to make a spark,


Notice the mold line, and the fact that it is smooth, not textured. The wheel of a cigarette lighter would be an example of the textured surface needed.


A picture of the 'Flint" itself. notice that it is cast as part of the piece, and is not a separate piece of the stone, flint used in fire making.



Lastly a picture of the priming pan and touch hole, or lack there of


This is where the fine grain powder would be placed to catch the sparks from the flint hitting the frizzen. Notice how shallow it is, and more importantly, that there is no hole leading into where the powder, patch and ball would be.

As well as more mold lines.....


I did not take any pictures of securing it, but it will have a cable tie through the trigger guard, that will go around my leg underneath my boot, so no one will be able to pull it out and do silly things with it.


Thank you for looking and understanding my concerns, as well as explaining my options and the rules clearly.



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