Most of the boys/men who joined on both sides early in the War did so for the adventure. Getting away from the drudgery of the family farm was a big incentive.
Later in the War the draft on both sides was instituted. The word had spread of the carnage and suddenly it didn't seem like such a...
Got out to the range today with my Hawken .45 percussion rifle. I installed a set of peep sights I had laying around. My first couple of shots hit the rings, but then the rear aperture got too dark too see. Might have been cloud cover or who knows what but I couldn't hit the side of a barn...
It is an aluminum mold. At least a magnet does not stick to it.
I cast some balls with it today. They were well formed but did have large sprues. This mold belonged to my Dad, and It appears it has never been used. I also have a T/C mold -maxi ball. It is steel, and clearly marked as...
Dad's and mine.
I bought mine in 1975/76, Dad liked mine so much he bought one himself. Trips to the local gun range with Dad, black powder smoke rolling. Good times.
He's been gone many years now.
Happy Fathers Day in heaven Pop.