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03-22-2006, 05:00 PM
I have been thinking of having my Enfield and my M1842 reproduction muskets defarbed. Any recommendations as to someone to perform this service? :?:

03-22-2006, 05:33 PM
Zimmerman, the gunsmith at Harpers Ferry does it. I heard he does a really good job, too. Check him out. He is listed in the business category of the links page on the Civil War News website.
Good Luck!
Frank Stevanus

03-22-2006, 07:10 PM
Try Lodgewood, Very Excellent Work:


Marc Findlay

Luke 1:79

03-22-2006, 07:32 PM

I have heard that the gentleman from James River armory does a good job with defarbs. I have seen a M1855 Springfield Type II that he defarbed for a pard and it looks amazing! I believe he goes through the regimental quartermaster at this time http://www.regtqm.com/muskets_defarbed.htm.


03-23-2006, 04:35 PM
Another possibility is, do it yourself. Now it depends on how far you wanna go with it of course. For a simple removal of Italian markings and more authentic looking wood, there were some very good instructions posted here last year. We used these instructions on some of our units muskets and although it is a good piece of work and the better part of an entire day, it was strangely gratifying. Oh, wait, that might have been the lack of proper ventilation for the chemicals!!! For the more detailed work in terms of barrel bands, locks etc., the suggestions given are right on the mark. But if funding is a question, do it yourself is another option. You must follow the instructions to the letter including the chemicals and brands of dyes etc. I tried to cheat on the brand of dye on the wood and it was a miserable mess that I had to redo. Do a search for the topic, I am sure it will come up for you. Good luck.