People The Ashley Update: Flintlock Blunderbuss, a Gift from Russia to France Ashley Hlebinsky October 25, 2018 Join the Conversation Hlebinsky, who previously worked at the Smithsonian is exactly the kind of ambassador the shooting community needs. Torrentially well informed, passionate to the point of geekery, and blessed with a wicked sense of humor, she can swill whiskey and smoke cigars while holding forth on black powder muskets until your eyes glaze over. Spreading the gospel of responsible firearms ownership has never been more important, and being able to demystify an inanimate object while educating the public about its role in the nation’s history goes a long way toward countering negative publicity. Ashley has a big update about a new show, Master of Arms. In this week's update, Ashley also shows us an antique rifle that proves safety has always been important. In this installment of The Ashley Update, Ashley shows us a beautiful flintlock blunderbuss. This firearm was given to King Louis XV of France from Catherine the Great. Historians don't know why this gun was given to King Louis XV of France, but firearms were often gifted as a sign of political power, a thank you, or even as a sign of peace. Do you have a question for Ashley about anything she’s discussed this week or even about some of the little-known things she loves? Want to see more Ashley Updates? WATCH HERE Explore RECOILweb:Seekins Precision M-LOK SP3R HandguardsSmall Business Saturday - American ManufacturingS&W's New M&P380 Shield EZ | Does It Have A Place?Blade-Tech New Hybrid Tuckable Holster NEXT STEP: Download Your Free Target Pack from RECOILFor years, RECOIL magazine has treated its readers to a full-size (sometimes full color!) shooting target tucked into each big issue. Now we've compiled over 50 of our most popular targets into this one digital PDF download. From handgun drills to AR-15 practice, these 50+ targets have you covered. Print off as many as you like (ammo not included). Get your pack of 50 Print-at-Home targets when you subscribe to the RECOIL email newsletter. We'll send you weekly updates on guns, gear, industry news, and special offers from leading manufacturers - your guide to the firearms lifestyle.You want this. Trust Us.