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  1. Hallo! Interesting... "How important...

    Hallo!

    Interesting...

    "How important is it that what you carry and wear during reenactment not only look the part, but was also created using the same techniques from the 1800s? What...
  2. Hallo! A wonderful thing about Period images...

    Hallo!

    A wonderful thing about Period images is in trying to determine "intent."

    Although we can never (use of a Universal so noted), I would lean more toward the possibility of the belt...
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    Hallo! No proof, but I suspect that more...

    Hallo!

    No proof, but I suspect that more swivel guns went into Confederate iron and brass metal drives than service.

    They were popular up until the 18th century and into the 19th as small...
  4. Hallo! Heel plates are much like horse...

    Hallo!

    Heel plates are much like horse shoes.. they need to be fitted to the horse. :)

    Meaning, one size does not fit all.

    IMHO, Period heel plates are so rare, you can save the...
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    Hallo! Number Five. :) :) ...

    Hallo!

    Number Five.

    :) :)

    ...."Gunner orders: ADVANCE THE CARTRIDGE

    (This order starts a series of actions at both the gun and the limber.)
  6. Hallo! In brief... As made and issued,...

    Hallo!

    In brief...

    As made and issued, trouser cuffs were made with a hem, but also with an added narrow strip or band of material about one inch wide that strengthened the inseam but...
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    Hallo! Ah, thanks for the Memories... ...

    Hallo!

    Ah, thanks for the Memories...

    Turning the dial on the Way Back Machine, back to the Way Back Daze... we encouraged our members to compete in the "Authenticity Contests" or "First...
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    Hallo! Different segments of the CW...

    Hallo!

    Different segments of the CW Community or more "ruthless" on this than others.

    IMHO, however, and being brief...

    Most all lads look towards their elected, appointed, ...
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    Hallo! With an undersized round ball, it...

    Hallo!

    With an undersized round ball, it was NUG necessary to use a patch to engage the rifling and spin the ball(with a nod toward other rifling systems). (I won't get into the long...
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    Hallo! IMHO, a hard one, I guess. ...

    Hallo!

    IMHO, a hard one, I guess.

    It gets "messy" as it can with haversack straps, canteen straps, and cartridge box straps when it comes to the differences in strap lengths specified...
  11. Hallo! A fully loaded .58 cartridge box...

    Hallo!

    A fully loaded .58 cartridge box carried nearly three (2.85 roughly) pounds of lead.

    That may read or sound "heavy" until one has marched with it (a side conversion of some lads...
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    Hallo! "Frontiersmen/natives in the...

    Hallo!

    "Frontiersmen/natives in the 1700s wore their patch knives like this. These were a lot smaller than regular side knives and used to trim the patch after the ball was started."

    ...
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    Hallo! I have no idea why neck knives...

    Hallo!

    I have no idea why neck knives were even occassionally somewhat popular among 18th century Eastern Indian peoples or 19th century Western tribes.

    Any quick movement, such as...
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    Hallo! Oh, there are millions of "lube"...

    Hallo!

    Oh, there are millions of "lube" mixtures and favorites among shooters.

    A typical concoction is some mixture or percentage (often adjusted for the weather) of beeswax and a grease...
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    Hallo! There is no really Hard & fast,...

    Hallo!

    There is no really Hard & fast, Written in Stone for it, but...

    NUG, one follows the lore and "convention' of non-military smoothbore or smooth-rifle shooting- that being one's patch...
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    Hallo! Just an aside.... In brief- a...

    Hallo!

    Just an aside....

    In brief- a back stitch is superior to a running stitch for purposes of keeping sections of fabric together. If the area where the fabric comes together gets...
  17. Hallo! As shared, I also believe the...

    Hallo!

    As shared, I also believe the culprit is too "un-stout" of fabric.

    I cannot quite see on my monitor to tell for sure, but I think I see "Y" button attachments and two...
  18. Hallo! As already shared... IMHO, folks...

    Hallo!

    As already shared...

    IMHO, folks can bring different assets as well as threats to the organization or lack of an organization. Meaning, some folks are educated and experienced in...
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    Hallo! For years.... the Law of Averages can...

    Hallo!

    For years.... the Law of Averages can catch up suddenly.

    St. Barbara sometimes watches over non-artillerymen.

    Curt
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    Hallo! IMHO... While I feel badly for...

    Hallo!

    IMHO...

    While I feel badly for children who suffer from the idiocy of their elders... and spectators too....
    A large Problem is much like the old school adage about one kid...
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    Hallo! I doubt we will ever hear the full...

    Hallo!

    I doubt we will ever hear the full story, but the video even at a distance looks pretty damning even of one doe snot listen too closely to the reporters "holding a sack of powder"...
  22. Hallo! A wax/grease is best for maintenance...

    Hallo!

    A wax/grease is best for maintenance and extending the life of the leather. Excess oil causes the skin cells in the leather to swell, over inflate, and either burst or move or shift out...
  23. Hallo! Kind of a retroverted/backdated use...

    Hallo!

    Kind of a retroverted/backdated use of post 1890's cowboy leather cuffs.

    IMHO, and experience, long bow shooting, the bow string hits the inside of the forearm rather than the...
  24. Hallo! Well, in popular culture and the way...

    Hallo!

    Well, in popular culture and the way I learned it in college history class....

    :) :)

    People did not smile because the majority did not have smiles worth showing off due to...
  25. Hallo! It was typically done one of two...

    Hallo!

    It was typically done one of two ways.

    Small slits were cut in the fabric corresponding to the wire locations. The wires were inserted in the fabric and bent down to hold. With...
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