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    " Defarbed "

    In a way, the British Army in the 18th century was known for modifying the appearance of their issued King's Muskets and not long after they were issued: According to: "A System for the Compleat Interior Management and Oeconomy of a Battalion of Infantry" (which was first published in the...
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    Building the King's Muskets and a Bit More

    Dave, As I'm sure you know, original Iron/Steel rammers were actually made of two pieces. The "rod" of the rammer was made out of steel so it could be hardened/tempered and spring back when bent during the loading or cleaning process. The Button was made of Dead Soft Iron, both to save money...
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    PathfinderNC said: “If one is referring to a bag or sack to carry all the rest of one's little items, how about,,,, market wallet, split pouch, shoulder bag, snapsack,,,,, or maybe in this case "possibles bag" might apply,,,,, maybe.” Go with “Haversack” 😉 In the 18th and 19th century to the...
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    Or how about Swooshboomundkrachen? Frau Kissler, my 10th and 11th grade German teacher, would be slapping me over the head at this point. Gus
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    Personally when shooting a Flintlock, I prefer referring to it as Flintschiessengefarfegnugen. Yeah, it's sort of made up and sort of not, but trying saying THAT five times quickly. At International Shooting Competitions, it cracked up members of both the Swiss and German teams. LOL Gus
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    Irresistible Bess

    First of all, congratulations on your purchase. The actual bore size of your musket should run around .752" to .754" and I most strongly encourage you to have it checked with calipers that read to .001". When these questions come up, it is often pointed out that the original ball size used...
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    Building the King's Muskets and a Bit More

    Thanks Dave, Again, very interesting. Gus
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    Building the King's Muskets and a Bit More

    Hi Nock, In addition to what Dave mentioned, I would add the rather extensive inspections Cuthbertson highly recommends before accepting new arms for a Regiment. Though arms were damaged in shipment then as now, it strongly suggest problems Cuthbertson and others had to deal with in earlier...
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    Want to buy Civil War reproduction rifle

    Hi Joseph, If your primary goal is to be a reenactor, you should know most units prefer you have a "3 Band" or FULL length musket like the Springfield or 3 band Enfield. This because you can be in the rear rank at reenactments and the muzzle of the Rifle Musket goes further beyond the man in...
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    Building the King's Muskets and a Bit More

    Wow, a widow perhaps? Now that was one heck of a tease. OK, I just HAVE to know where her foundry/foundries were located. Grin. My SWAG would be Birmingham, but that is only a SWAG on my part because of the fact Birmingham was known for making "toys." Gus
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    Building the King's Muskets and a Bit More

    Dave, GREAT VIDEO!!!! Gus
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    Building the King's Muskets and a Bit More

    Dave, Thanks for the tips on Hagist's books. Your last paragraph about the differences in Pre-War vs War Time Production got me to thinking about some things on the possibility of differing quality of Kings' Muskets I've wondered about. I may be mistaken, but I've gotten the impression the...
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    Building the King's Muskets and a Bit More

    Dave, I'm thoroughly enjoying this thread on the problems and fixes of reenactor muskets. I also love seeing the way you are grooming Maria to be her unit Artificer. I remember seeing pics of you going to some reenactments and working as an Artificer. I recently found a reference where...
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    Building the King's Muskets and a Bit More

    Hi Dave, VERY interesting some Grenadier Coy's were issued SLP's as that goes against the fact Grenadiers were deliberately chosen as the tallest/biggest men of the Regiment. Matter of fact as you know, they continued to set up/issue some LLP muskets for Grenadiers into the very late 18th...
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    Building the King's Muskets and a Bit More

    I hope Dave doesn't mind me chiming in and he is correct no P 1769 SLP's were in the hands of the British Regular Regiments then. Just because I was curious a couple/three years ago, I researched and found every Regiment sent here before and with the British when they took over Boston in...
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    Pedersoli Mortimer finish?

    To strip modern stock finishes, I first try acetone along with chore boy copper pad scrubbers. If that doesn't work, then common hardware store Lacquer Thinner with chore boy copper pad scrubbers. It is a very rare stock these two won't work on, but if so, then manually scraping off the old...
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    Peter Dyson & Son in the UK

    I first heard of this company some time in the 1980's when DGW was selling some of their gunsmithing tools. I eventually purchased a few and though a touch pricey, found them also to be of excellent quality. Those tools still serve me well about 40 years later, which has made them an excellent...
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    Cracked Stock Repair

    Wiscoaster, A modern good glue or epoxy is all you need to do the repair, so let me begin with that. I like to study the older ways of fixing things that could have been used for such repairs in the period. Sometimes I use all period materials and sometimes I sort of blend modern and older...
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    Hand made locks?

    Tom, I used to call the incorrectly bent part of the sear the tail, but now know it was usually called the foot. I have placed a number of sears with the forward part of the sear in a smooth jawed vise to act as a heat sink while I heated the foot cherry red to bend it once, twice or as many...