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  1. RAEDWALD

    Baker Rifle builds

    FWIW my Volunteer has a stub twist barrel.
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    Belgian flintlock repro

    Looked down on now but the 20th century Belgian South American and African muskets were properly proofed and will be a collectors curiosity one day and treasured by your great grandchildren. They have their own history, which is just as valid as any other and very different.
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    Matchlocks in the 18th century Americas?

    John Edmond's ''Troopie Songs has some overlap with this. Bembesi being one that stays in my mind.
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    From Poland,Europe

    Another welcome from France Andrzej.
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    historical methods of wadding

    As they say on the Shankill Road: 'No Potpourri'!
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    Baker Rifle builds

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    Guns of Tipu Sultan.

    Somewhat off topic but I note that SOE Assistant Section Officer Noor Inayat Khan (code name Madeleine), George Cross, MiD, Croix de Guerre avec Etoile de Vermeil 1914-1944. A direct descendant of Tipu Sultan, she has been honoured with a Blue Plaque in Taviton Street, Bloomsbury, London. Under...
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    Pics, Baker Rifle Build By Jeff B.

    Doesn't work like that on my original Baker Rifle. I have to have my head as far back as I can to just about lower my eye enough to line up the sights. The stock needs a little more drop at the butt. I do know that some of the troops complained about this in the later Bakers and the Board of...
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    Guns of Tipu Sultan.

    Three more of the lock which may help any attempt at reproduction or understanding their workings:
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    Guns of Tipu Sultan.

    The more I look at the "Tipu' lock the more things I see, possibly..... One is the vestigial steel on the pan cover. I had thought it to be decorative imitating the steel on a flintlock. Then I thought my way through the operation of the lock with it's automatic pan cover. The pan opens as the...
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    Guns of Tipu Sultan.

    Ah yes. That makes sense.
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    Guns of Tipu Sultan.

    The wedge inside the scear spring is interesting. Some sort of stop so the whole serpentine head is not smashed into the pan, just the coal at the tip?
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    Guns of Tipu Sultan.

    Looks to me that the forward linkage just flips open the pan cover (with it's vestigial fake steel) and the tumbler is rotated by the scear being connected forward of the tumbler shaft. So it pulls the tumbler arm down thus rotating the tumbler shaft and swinging the serpentine down to the pan...
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    Guns of Tipu Sultan.

    Rudyard's photographs:
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    What's the model name of the French Minié Ball rifle Musket?

    The British sent some of the original troops to the Crimea (well initially Varna) with Pattern 1842 muskets but did everything possible to replace them with Pattern 1851 rifles including stripping other units of their P1851s and sending them off to the men for Crimea but still a couple of...
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    What's the model name of the French Minié Ball rifle Musket?

    Well the Crimean War was from 1853 so the ball of the Belgian Captain Nessler has to pre date that by enough time to be available to the French and Sardinians. The Russians copied them after the war began. As to when it was developed and when it entered French service I do not know, The UK...
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    What's the model name of the French Minié Ball rifle Musket?

    Regarding the Belgian designed Nessler Ball. It saw service in the French army as a holding system whilst the rifled muskets got fully converted/made and issued. It saw extensive service in the Crimean War and served to reduce the transonic instability of smooth bore musket rounds whereby the...
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    What's the model name of the French Minié Ball rifle Musket?

    Henri Gustave Delvigne invented the hollow base for expansion bullet in 1847. Claude-Ettienne Minie introduced a dished metal cup to the base to aid expansion in 1849. The M1854 bullet was in service in 1854 so you have a timeline. To his credit Minie always gave Delvigne equal credit for the...
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    Guns of Tipu Sultan.

    I have given them a bit of cleaning:
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    What's the model name of the French Minié Ball rifle Musket?

    The M1853, 1854 & 1857 were basically new made variants of the M1842. I quote from The Rifle Shoppe: 'In 1853 the breech bolster was widened to move the nipple over slightly, making the bolster project out about 1/8" to the side of the barrel instead of flush as on earlier models. The caliber...
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