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Chapter 162 Firearm Practice

“Liar.” When Roland had finished his appointment with the alchemist, he returned to his office. Nightingale asked, “What kind of four-hundred and fifty year-old ancient ‘Elementary Chemistry’ book are you talking about? Isn’t it just one of the books that contain some of your memories? Sooner or later, everything in it will be taught to the citizens anyway, right?”

 

“It was only a white lie.” During Margaret’s visit, she had presented a package of black tea to Roland. He could could now finally do away with drinking water or ale every day.

 

“How could a prince who has lived his whole life in the palace know alchemy so well while having only had access to the teachings of the King’s Alchemist? But, if I were to rather give him a book so that he could study it himself, it would be more likely that he would accept the knowledge compared to if I were the one who was teaching him. After all, the one thing that humans trust the most will always be themselves.”

 

“Oh?” Nightingale became curious, she leaned her upper body closer to Roland and stopped herself directly in front of his face, “Then who was the one who taught you?”

 

“Uhh…” Roland opened his mouth, but Nightingale laid her finger on it, “If you do not want to give me an answer, just don’t say anything. I don’t want to hear a lie come from you.”

 

When Roland blinked with his eyes, Nightingale had taken back her hand.

 

“We have to make use of the fact that the duel is still five days away,” Roland took this opportunity to change the subject, “we have to get Carter and allow him to get familiar with the new weapon.”

 

“But a short while ago, didn’t you complain that the ammunition problem still wasn’t resolved yet?”

 

“The problem only affects the actual use of pyroxylin. If we only want to take care of the competition, it should still be possible for us to fire the gun. After all, during the duel we won’t have to consider the transportation or the reloading, since ten rounds of ammunition should be enough to draw a result,” Roland explained.

 

Of course, the lack of gun-cotton would lead to a decrease in the rate of fire, which could also play an important part in the duel, but in the end it would all end up in the hands of Carter and his God like face.

 

*

 

To the west of the City Wall.

 

After accepting his new assignment given to him by Roland, Carter arrived at the explosives testing area once more.

 

“I’m supposed to be fighting against a witch?” Carter had been startled when he heard about the duel. “Can I wear a God’s Stone of Retaliation?”

 

“Certainly,” Roland smiled. “But unfortunately, you will be facing off against a unique type of witch who won’t be affected by it, her method of fighting is also similar to that of a knight- she will even be using a greatsword.”

 

“You mean to tell me, she’s a witch that is a master at melee fighting?” Carter glanced at Nightingale who was standing beside Roland.

 

“More or less. But because her ability is of the self-strengthening type, regardless of whether it is her strength or her speed, they will all be far beyond that of an ordinary human.” Roland continued.

 

“You have to be mentally prepared. Her control over her body and her power is several times greater than that of that death-row criminal after he took those pills.”

 

“Several times greater… Your Royal Highness, do you know what this means?” Carter was shocked.

 

“I will most probably be unable to keep up with her reaction speed, even if I’m carefully observing her movements. If she is as powerful as you say she is, I am afraid I won’t be able to beat her.”

 

“Theoretically speaking, your chance of winning is actually zero,” the Prince confirmed, but he then handed him a strange firearm, “but by using this weapon, your chances of winning should increase dramatically.”

 

“This is… the new gun?” Carter grabbed the weapon with both hands. Because the trigger and the barrel parts were very similar to that of a flintlock, the knight was also able to determine that it should belong to the same type of weapon. Even though its size wasn’t as big as the former, after he held it in his hand it was still heavier than the former flintlock. Particularly noteworthy to him was that, with the exception of the handle, which was made out of wood, all the rest of the weapon was made out of metal. With its smooth lines and its sharp corners, as well as its light white metallic luster, the weapon was a thing of unspeakable beauty.

 

It was the first time he saw such a weapon, and he immediately fell in love with it.

 

“It is called a revolver,” Roland pulled out another weapon with the same shape, and let the beehive-like-wheel pop out to its left, “Now let me instruct you on how to use it.”

 

Carter soon found out that its operation was simpler than that of the flintlock gun. The projectile and gunpowder had already been integrated into one unit, and as long as the cylinder was loaded it would be ready to fire. There were five holes in the cylinder, which meant that each cylinder could be filled with up to five rounds of ammunition. This was probably also the reason why it was classed as a revolver.

 

There was a hole where the revolver’s hammer met the cylinder, if the hammer hit the hole, a spark would be created and a loud friction sound would then be heard. Maybe there is flint hidden inside it, he thought. But this bullet’s design really is much too incredible, this light-yellow shell is made out of a thin copper plate, and the body appears to be perfectly round but also totally smooth at the same time. I can’t even see any cracks or gaps in the outer shell. The bullet’s front is slender while its rear is as thick as my index finger. It fits very accurately into the holes in the cylinder. How were they able to produce this?

 

“The ammunition still isn’t finished yet, so you have to always pay attention to the opening at the bottom of the bullet,” Roland performed a shooting motion, “like me, you have to always keep pointing the muzzle downwards. Don’t let the powder leak out from the opening. After each shot, you have to clean up the revolver’s bullet nest, or else the scattered gunpowder will start to accumulate inside the hole.”

 

“Unfinished goods?”

 

“Yeah,” the Prince shrugged, “There is an important part that still needs to be resolved, but if everything goes well, we can finish it before the start of the duel. The hole at the bottom will then be sealed so that you will no longer need to worry about losing gunpowder.”

 

When the bottom becomes sealed, how will be the gunpowder inside the bullet be ignited? Carter thought this, but soon decided not to think any further about this seemingly impossible problem. After all, he was not as knowledgeable as His Royal Highness, who knew so much.

 

That’s right, he is erudite and multi-talented. At present, Carter already admired the 4th Prince and prostrated himself in admiration. No matter if it were a master alchemist or an astrologer who held a high position at court, none of them had invented as many strange things in addition, all of Roland’s products had a great value. His inventions were unlike Snow powder, which was the kind of invention that could only be used as a toy for the nobility.

 

The steam engine invented by His Royal Highness was currently being used for mining and pumping operations, and his guns and cannons helped repel the demonic beast and also the Duke’s coalition. Now, Carter was already convinced that as long as he had enough time, the throne of the Kingdom of Graycastle would definitely end up in the hands of Roland Wimbledon – the great Lord of Border Town.

 

The distance to the target was ten meters, but apart from the issue with the distance, there was also the problem that the human- mark was only the size of one’s hand. Carter took on a shooting stance in accordance with the teachings of His Highness. He then held the gun in both hands, leaned his body slightly forwards, aligned the barrel in line with the center of the target, and then pulled the trigger.

 

Sparks and gas were ejected from both sides of the wheel, and a loud noise hurt his ears. It felt like someone had shoved him backward, and his arms were also unconsciously pushed upwards. When the smoke finally cleared, the target still seemed to be intact.

 

“Go on,” said Roland.

 

Carter took a deep breath, and then fired the remaining four bullets. However, the result was still the same, no bullet had hit the target.

 

“This…” Carter was shaken, but when he looked to His Royal Highness, he discovered that the latter didn’t seem to care.

 

“With its shorter barrel, the pistol’s accuracy and range aren’t as good as the rifle’s, so it’s entirely reasonable for you to miss. Plus, the bullet’s diameter is close to twelve millimeters. With the diameter to be nearly twelve millimeters, the recoil also has to be much larger than from the flintlock.” The Prince began to explain, but Carter couldn’t understand what he wanted to say to him. “All in all, you only have to follow my instructions and keep on practice a lot. If one day, before the duel, you are able to hit the target with all the five bullets, you will really a chance to win. Oh, and that’s right… don’t forget to collect the bullet casings, they can be reloaded and used more than once.”

 


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  • Psychronia

    So, three thoughts. Firstly, I’ve notices at three of the five Wimbleton siblings have managed to inspire a trust and confidence in their subordinates that borders worship.

    Secondly, the idea of Carter getting charmed by a revolver and becoming an Adonis-faced gunman dressed in Hollywood Wild West clothes is just adorable.

    Lastly, is no one going to mention how no one told Carter he was going to duel a rare super-witch for 2 days? She killed many of the church’s professional boogeymen too.

  • DudeForDuke

    Makes you wonder if any of the original asian readers of the novel have already done Roland x Carter slash fiction or fan art. Especially when it comes to Japanese fangirls, any two guys that can be shipped WILL be shipped. Enthusiastically. Gratuitously.

  • JinVodka (*´﹃`*)

    ._∧_∧__ THANKS FOR THE CHAPTER!!
    (_( ・ω<)_() ≡≡≡❤ ◎
     / つノ
    ..し―J A god like knight becoming a god like cowboy?? lol

  • Oak

    Thanks for the chapter,
    I really want him to come clean at least to the witches

  • Kuq Ku

    Nightingale wants to protect her beloved Prince even from lying 😛 she is too cute, too precious, Take her already! your waifu!

  • Kuq Ku

    Totally true haha

  • Kuq Ku

    Its HIGH NOON …….”runs desperately to a room” ……. DRAW!

  • Just a Potato

    Thank for the chappie~

  • MOHLT

    Nightingale, you need clothes like these if you ‘lean’ toward Roland

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/7d5e3b8ff1c8b7935bc14fe010dd2a75f640438145401b07db1f63d1774ba854.jpg

    • FTxCerber

      You know your stuff!

  • MOHLT

    Nearly 12mm? Are we getting a blackpowder .44 by a chance? Or .45 if Roland meant diameter of bullet and not the case.

  • Zeth

    Thank you very much!

  • Yukino o

    Could the bullet be smear with paralysis poison? They already got plant witch so creating one shouldn’t be hard right?

    • daimaou broww-sama

      depends the poison needs to be the right density because if it is to dense it’ll give problem when firing the gun since it’ll stick to the barrel or if you make the barrel bigger you bullet won’t fire as far since the pressure created in the barrel can partially escape. and if it is not dense enough it might just fall from the bullet when it is going to the air the poison also can’t be corrosive to human flesh because when loading bullet you’ve got descent chances of touching the poison, so it won’t really be that strong of a poison. With all of this i don’t really see a reason to include poison in the production process. But these are just my thoughts maybe someone else knows a bit more about how to do it.

      • D’Raven

        Hallow point bullets, fill the inside with poison, top with wax, bullet mushrooms in body causing more damage and spreading poison inside body

        • Me

          Wax would eventually melt from all the residual heat. Especially in a revolver where the casings stay in the gun itself. Maybe a heat resistant plastic, or a cap of copper?

          • DudeForDuke

            You can shoot wax out of firearms.

            In fact, in the antique and new replica black powder revolvers, wax is often used to seal the cylinders to prevent chain fires. People also make “wax slugs,” where you take birdshot and pour wax into it to make it a semi-solid projectile.

    • Kuq Ku

      https://ihl-databases.icrc.org/customary-ihl/eng/docs/v2_rul_rule72 interesting article concerning poison and poisoned arms.

    • DudeForDuke

      Part of the problem with poison weapons is controlling the dosage that the person gets. This is why I laugh at tranquilizer guns in video games and whatnot. Depending on how much a person weighs and their metabolism and a bunch of other factors, a dosage which barely puts one person to sleep might kill you or me.

      Then with the transmission of the agent in question, sometimes it just isn’t going to work because of how forceful and turbulent terminal ballistics is. Bullet with a cavity filled with whatever agent might enter, hit bone, the lead liquefies on impact/deforms and the agent gets stuck in the lead – ect. Tiny things like that combined with the main problem of using enough but not too much to kill and most natural poisons taking hours or days to kill the average human and it’s not really a practical solution.

      Something simpler might be better. Leaves could easily grow capsaicin-growing plants (e.g. chili peppers) if she can get some seeds or something. For someone that’s never been hit by it, getting OC’d is disorienting as hell. Would be simple to make a liquid pump to pressurize out a spray a good couple of yards as well.

  • timbone

    I want pictures!!
    GIMME!!!

  • BurstThrough

    Carter cracks me up in how romantic his line of thinking is…
    First nearly weeping over balls now possible fan of westerns. XD

  • MangoGuy

    am so late~~~ wont a shotgun be better?

  • kirindas

    Thanks for the new chapter!

  • NaoSou

    Thanks!

  • Maxi King

    the best one

  • Prongsjiisan

    Aaaarrrgh just hug her!!! She’s right in front of you!!

  • MangoGuy

    Damn nightingale Should not set my question paper..that is one tough question!!

  • SeraphiMaelstrom

    (Posted during teaser)
    “Nightingale became curious, she leaned her upper body closer to Roland and stopped herself directly in front of his face.”
    Stare at her then stealthily steal her lips, that will prolly make her forget her question for now.

    • DudeForDuke

      Give a mouse a cookie and…
      Or, in this case, give a potential yandere a kiss and…

  • john delacruz

    Thanks for the chapter. Looking forward for the next reuglar chapter(next monday) and sponsored chapters (throughout the weekend).

    Thanks to all those who donated.

  • phyrigia

    After all, the one thing that humans trust the most will always be themselves. (except for anna who seems to accept what roland tell her)
    uoh….. dahahaha… Nightingale question is the best! I like her but I also dont like her. too much question is not gonna good.
    Lets wait until there’s a witches that can read other people mind. Then all roland secret will be known. oh no…
    Lets hope there is no witch with that skill.

  • Wrandral

    [Preview]
    Well i certainly wonder how Roland will explain who taught him alchemy, not that Nightingale really cares that much hahaha

    • mllhild

      Him saying that he learned it from books is no lie. Rather saying that my college/high/middle/primary school teachers taught me anything near as much as the books from the library would be a lie.

      Also if she ask who discovered the knowledge he can just say “Obviously the ones before me”

  • Proxy Account

    Daem, Nightingale be digging up Roland’s secret. Will they eventually discover that Roland is indeed not who he appears to be?

    A curious Yandere is even more dangerous.

    • Grey Human

      pretty unlikely, usually that kind of big secret will only be revealed when MC is close to dying or have a heart to heart talk with someone very dear to him/her. I mean, it would very Anticlimactic if the secret were revealed in some random lunch conversation without some build up tension.

      • Easykill

        I have the feeling that kind of anticlimactic reveal fits the style of the story though.

        • DudeForDuke

          This. This series bucks trends. Part of that is why it’s so damn refreshing and interesting to read.

          I hope the trope of “oh god, I reincarnated – better not tell my loyal friends who love me and would possibly become my lover(s) and/or die to protect me about it because I irrationally believe they’d freak out in some manner” gets sent packing to the trope graveyard in this series.

      • DudeForDuke

        The more Roland does with his knowledge, the less plausible his explanations are… Especially when one of the witches by his side 99% of the time is 1.) An expert stalker that can go invisible and walk through walls and 2.) Can tell when someone is deliberately lying or telling (what they believe) to be the truth.

        At some point, especially concerning individuals that were close to the original Roland, something has to give. “How the hell do you know this?” has to be addressed, even if merely as a curiosity.

        The thing is, too, is it doesn’t impact the story. The people that are with Roland would not give two shits about who or what he was or is now. His actions and words ring true, which is all that matters in the end. Add to the fact that if Roland did tell them, Nightingale could confirm it’s the truth and, well, it’s not really that big of a deal from a narrative stand-point. Roland’s romantic endeavors (or lack therefore, in the case of a certain obsessive-yet-lovable stalker who is a former assassin) actually have more impact and bearing on the story.

        In fact, I dare argue that Roland finally telling them non-nonchalantly would be refreshing and novel – just like how much of the rest of this series is. I hope it happens.

      • Psychronia

        You know what would be an amusing cause for its reveal actually?
        If Roland decides to say it after original Roland’s philandering finally catches up to him and his waifus are both (all?) actually angry.

    • 『Kumagawa Misogi』

      Speaking in experience?
      Teach me how to get cute yandere stalker

      • Proxy Account

        LOL, wat experience? If I had a yandere stalker I would have already okfdkfgkldmkbjmkyjgfcggjkll

    • Ragef33

      He’ll probably say something like “In a book containing 400 year old knowledge!” Which is technically true. THE BEST KIND OF TRUE.

      • Kuq Ku

        Im betting when she heard him say that, she wanted to shout lie, but her ability to detect it didnt activate, in a sense he is and he isnt. It shouldnt come across as being an actual lie.

    • Kuq Ku

      Maybe I think he has a higher chance at acceptance if he does reveal who he is to them, I cant believe that people who actually new the Prince can say he resembles anything like his former self.

      Im surprised no one has thought that a witch is his puppet master, and Im surprised that all the Border Town civilians have accepted this new lifestyle alongside witches so easily.

      One thing that our own world has taught me, is that prejudices run deep, fear, hate, distrust, indifference, not being able to accept the differences in others is a common theme throughout our history, add to the mix zealot reasoning of illogical perception/interpretation of doctrine belonging to religion, only adds further to the unpleasant mix.

      Would they accept a Prince who is very different to the rest of them, If an intellectual of their world were to really examine the things that Roland can bring, would it be a blessing or a curse?

      • Arashi

        I think it’s considered a big point in the story that Border Town is far away from the Church’s influence, so the prejudices held by the families there were more as a formality than deeply-held convictions. The completeness of the shift does prompt a bit of skepticism, though.

  • Grey Human

    man… this cliff is killing me !!! How I regretted that I did not choose mandarin as my elect in High school 🙁 .

    • mllhild

      You could choose asian languages as electives? Man I’m jealous. I had only to choose between French and Latin. Had to wait until college for there to be jap/heb/rus present, but still no mandarin. Besides they didn’t even count for me as elective credits.

      • DEA

        You lucky a****les the only languages i had were hindi marathi and english and there exists no wuxia that i know of in hindi you know that

    • DudeForDuke

      You had Chinese as an elective option in high school? Geez. All we had was Spanish (and a terrible instructor for it, at that) until my senior year when a German-language teacher was hired.

      • Grey Human

        Well… my school had japanese, mandarin and german as elective. Even though i said that i “kinda” regretted it, but thanks for past me that choosed german, i could adapted quickly while i’m studying in german for my bachelor degree

        • DudeForDuke

          Ich spreche sehr kleine Deutsche.

          I actually found German easier than Spanish for some reason, although it was only the one year. Conjugation was always a pain in the ass for me, however. As was sentence structure, but at least it was similar to English.

  • Gege

    The one who teach Roland? His teacher of course. No lie there. Lol
    Or he could be study it himself.
    Or he could say learn it at school.