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  1. Hallo! Correct, unless one goes the...

    Hallo!

    Correct, unless one goes the custom-built route and expense.

    And Doubly Correct... the widespread Period civilian popularity of target shooting gives us a ton of originals...
  2. Hallo! In the History and Lore of Rise of...

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    In the History and Lore of Rise of the Berdan Authenticity Movement (yes there was, is, on actually).... there have been a number of attempts at having custom-woven kersey done not to...
  3. Hallo! "Complicated..." :) After...

    Hallo!

    "Complicated..." :)

    After much fighting with the Ordnance Department over rifles, Berdan wanting Sharps Model 1851 Sporting target type rifles, and Ordnance wanting to issue U.S>...
  4. Hallo! IMHO... It is very hard for me...

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    IMHO...

    It is very hard for me to visualize, not having gun in hand.
    The low end Spanish or Italian "KY" reproductions tend to use one of two bolster styles- the conversion...
  5. Hallo! In brief... yes mostly. Two...

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    In brief... yes mostly.

    Two minor points... The Sharps 1859" would be the Berdan Contract version of the NM1859 Sharps Rifle (in brief, double set triggers and socket bayonet)...
  6. Hallo! A complicated discussion... :) :) ...

    Hallo!

    A complicated discussion... :) :)

    The "classic" or most widely done "Berdan's" is one frozen in time circa the Summer of 1862 complete with their new Berdan Contract version...
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    Hallo! In brief... Early & Modern...

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    In brief...

    Early & Modern Firearms Company, Inc. (EMF) is an importer/distributor NOT a producer or maker. They were founded in 1956, initially for Hollywood, and went on to...
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    Hallo! I would just add, competitive live...

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    I would just add, competitive live fire of CW revolvers, carbines, rifles, muskets, rifle-muskets, and artillery divided between individual competition with paper targets and eight man...
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    Hallo! Herr Pat makes an excellent point. ...

    Hallo!

    Herr Pat makes an excellent point.

    And I will admit it myself to show just how "easily" it can 'happen."
    A couple of months ago we went shooting as I was revisiting the...
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    Hallo! Exactly. "Smokeless powder" is...

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    Exactly.

    "Smokeless powder" is normally, usually, generally (NUG) extruded extruded into little rod segments varying in size. I don't do much with it, but what I use looks like...
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    Hallo! Just a freaky aside... When...

    Hallo!

    Just a freaky aside...

    When loading blackpowder metallic cartridges, or for that matter CW era non-self primed cartridges (Sharps, Starr, Maynard, etc).... if the cartridge itself...
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    Hallo! "It was my understanding that...

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    "It was my understanding that smokeless powder will not work at all for unwadded blank firing at a reenactment. Smokeless needs some sort of packing to go boom but just poured in a...
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    Hallo! Speaking out of ignorance in the ...

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    Speaking out of ignorance in the final "facts" in this incident.

    The equivalent weight or volume of smokeless power in a BP cartridge is not a powder 'charge' it is a pipe bomb...
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    Hallo! Yes, earlier musket or rifle barrels...

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    Yes, earlier musket or rifle barrels were forge-welded around a mandrel. I do not have a clear picture of the Civil War era barrel rolling machine. I assume that the repeated rehatings...
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    Hallo! 'So, to oversimplify: the barrel is...

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    'So, to oversimplify: the barrel is formed into a roll, then turned on a lathe, and the hole was then bored out?"

    As I am fond of saying a lot.. "in brief and to over generalize" ...
  16. WTS: Uberti Remington M1863 New Model Army

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    WTS: Uberti Remington M1863 New Model Army. .44 (Hobby name "M1858 Remington")

    I had bought two of these, with the view of keeping one as percussion and converting the second...
  17. WTS repro Whitney M1841 Rifle altered by Colt

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    WTS: a repro Euroarms :Mississippi" rifle reworked as a Whitney M1841 altered by Colt under contract in 1862.

    Basically, using old M1841's made by Whitney, Robbins & Lawrence,...
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    Hallo! "Was at all common for a ordinary...

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    "Was at all common for a ordinary infantry soldier to wear boots instead of brogans?"

    Short answer: no.

    Normally, usually, generally, (NUG) infantry men were issued......
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    Hallo! That is a hard one. And a little...

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    That is a hard one. And a little like trying to share in just a few sentences in a post how a car is made. :) :)

    I have been able to piece together SOME of the steps from...
  20. WTS: Custom Built M1841 Rilfe

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    Wanted to sell: custom-built M1841 Rifle by Blair Taylor.

    This represents one of 1,071 M1841 Rifles altered to long-range rear sights by Harpers Ferry Armory in 1860 by...
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    Accident

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    While this is not of particular concern to reenactors or living historians, IMHO there is enough "cross over" interest with "live fire" to warrant sharing and rumor control...

    At...
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    Hallo! Yes. (But admittedly, only...

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    Yes.

    (But admittedly, only "some" of the drill(s) as they read. For example, I have only ever formed a hollow square one time, meaning I have not experienced maneuvering corps,...
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    Hallo! IMHO, it has been hit upon briefly...

    Hallo!

    IMHO, it has been hit upon briefly but...

    Like it or not, there is a certain pressure or tension across 'reenacting' and especially 'living history' where more times than not, "we"...
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    Hallo! Counterfeiting or faking the effects...

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    Counterfeiting or faking the effects of wear, use, stress, sunlight exposure, weather, etc., is an "art and science" far beyond the knowledge and skills of most everyone. Most attempts...
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    Hallo! "Sizes 1-4" were the common issuances...

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    "Sizes 1-4" were the common issuances (typically in set percentages) , but clothing could be made to size 7 or 8 on special requisition. Unusually small, or unusually large items were a...
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