I believe the best answer may be ... they would try to! As Tenngun says, likely it was enforced for discipline, as well as functional reasons. Curiously, one will read about how the dreaded Anglais troops were issued brick dust to keep their firelocks clean and/or polished, but I never read a similar statement for the French.Would a Militia member leave his musket bright in F& I and rev war?
Would a Militia member leave his musket bright in F& I and rev war?
Well their "bright" wasn't the same as the glossy mirror finish one finds on the India origin muskets, and was even duller than what you get on an out-of-the-box Pedersoli.
So the best "modern" method I've seen, is to get an abrasive pad normally used for a ceramic stovetop..., they are usually yellow..., you can find them at the warehouse home improvement stores if not at the supermarket. Use the "yellow scrubbie" and not a "green [pots and pans] scrubbie" for the barrel and the lock, and you will get a duller, gunmetal gray.
I use goats hair brushes from Rio Grande, it leaves a nice frosted like Finnish on bright parts, kind of a cross between bright and aged.
The Indian Gun Makers use either a Brilliant White compound or a Ruby Red compound, not suitable for guns at all the problem when someone needs to repolish these parts to a more authentic finish, you have to start very low around 120 grit and then work up to 400, this causes a lot of material to be removed.
Old Dude, do you have a 1728 musket, If so might I ask where you found it. I have a india 1766 which I have reworked and really love it. I'm Looking at their 1728, I think it is a bad disease
I got my 1766 Charleville from Accsess Heritage about 3 wks ago. I didn't have any trouble drilling the touch hole. I tapped mine and installed a vent liner. I used acetone to remove the finish and stained the stock with fiebings dark brown leather die. It now looks just like black walnut. Thinking about the 1728. What do you think of it so far.Access Heritage of Cananda. I had ordered one from Veterans arms but after 4 months of delays. I cancelled the order and promptly in a week Got one. hardest part was drilling the vent. Metal was very hard and kept breaking the small bits