Jeunes Citoyens / Young Citizens

Dominic Okotoks, Alberta

Fair address: Calgary Regional Heritage School Fair

Project: The FlintLock Pistol

My project is on flintlock weapons technology. Using my hand-made replica of an 1812-era flintlock pistol, we will be exploring the people who used the gun as well as how to load it. Also, we will discuss who really used the weapon: the army for whom it was designed or the privateers!

What was the most interesting thing you learned about your topic?

The most interesting thing I learned about this project was that the flintlock pistol was used mostly by the Privateers, who were pirates commissioned by the Crown or government. I was astonished that privateers could get away with legally being pirates. It was interesting to know that pistols where not used in military conflict as much as I thought they were.

What important lessons have you learned that you want to share with other Canadians?

Through this study I learned about the flintlock technology that was in use throughout the War of 1812. I had the opportunity find out how to load and use a flintlock pistol and how it was used by both the army and Privateers following the war. I enjoyed learning how officers such as Sir Isaac Brock and General James Wolfe would have carried these weapons.

How would you compare your life today to the lives of those studied in your project?

People had less medical advantages than today, which is a substantial advantage when it comes to warfare. If you had an injury caused by a flintlock pistol, the wound could become infected and still prove fatal after the fact. Today we can prevent infection and repair the injury, giving the soldier a chance at recovery.

  • Lynne and Bill Cunningham

    Excellent use of technology, Dominic, and an awesome project. We enjoyed your wry since of humor!
    07/11/2014 6:53:07 PM

  • Dylan Lee

    Hey Dominic nice video
    05/11/2014 8:02:43 PM

  • Cindy

    Excellent video, Dominic! So very proud of you.
    02/11/2014 9:57:31 AM

  • Audrey Taylor

    Well done Dominic, you did a great job with your presentation. Aunt Audrey
    24/10/2014 11:25:23 PM

  • George

    Nice job! I have all ways been fascinated by the flintlock technology.

    — George W – 2014 Young Citizen

    08/07/2014 10:49:15 PM

  • Jack Osiowy

    Great and very informative video, Dominic. You certainly know your pistols! It is really interesting to think that such a weapon as the flintlock pistol, which obviously isn't in use today, had such a large impact technologically back then, just as modern arms development does now. It really comes into focus when that sort of advancement is put into use in the defence of our country. I learned a lot!

    — Jack O – 2014 Young Citizen

    08/07/2014 10:02:50 PM

  • Isaac B young citizen 2014

    Wow! Cool video I'm just speechless. That was an awesome video Dominic and I always thought that flintlock pistol was only used by pirates cool!

    — Isaac B – 2014 Young Citizen

    30/06/2014 7:49:34 AM

  • Janis

    Very impressive Dominic - top marks for you!
    26/06/2014 2:01:53 PM

  • Natasha J

    Excellent! You listed your references A+!
    21/06/2014 6:06:02 PM

  • Mary Anne Edwards

    Very well done Dominic, very interesting!! I can't believe how much you have grown.
    20/06/2014 10:42:12 PM

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