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    Bill Hoover has been in the hospital, however...

    Bill Hoover has been in the hospital, however they are very much in business. I ordered a tin drum canteen in March, it came in about a week. Price had gone up vs what was on the website though....
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    It depends. Many of the original P53 Enfields...

    It depends. Many of the original P53 Enfields were handmade and parts would not interchange with each other, much less a modern reproduction. Although some certainly will, or else they can be fit...
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    Shorthorn is what I could determine, best as that...

    Shorthorn is what I could determine, best as that could be done, as to what breed was predominant for the beef ration "on the hoof."
  4. This is true. Not just Enfield hammer screws...

    This is true. Not just Enfield hammer screws either.
  5. Schnapps: Well apparently not too scrupulous...

    Schnapps:

    Well apparently not too scrupulous about the cleaning process as you lost the screw to start with. An important part of the cleaning process is returning all the parts back where they...
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    There was a movie upon which the beef raid was...

    There was a movie upon which the beef raid was loosely based, "Alvarez Kelly."
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    Wade Hampton stole such a herd of cattle from...

    Wade Hampton stole such a herd of cattle from Grant outside Richmond during the Overland campaign of 1864.
    I did some research on it years ago, trying to determine exactly what breed of cattle these...
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    Martin makes a 1857 parlor guitar. They are...

    Martin makes a 1857 parlor guitar. They are expensive, use gut strings with friction tuners and sound different than playing a modern guitar with steel strings.
  9. Agree, I am back on the AC as an Approved Vendor...

    Agree, I am back on the AC as an Approved Vendor for the books.
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    That's interesting, the lower 'arm' of the Armi...

    That's interesting, the lower 'arm' of the Armi Sport mainspring always seemed to me to be quite a bit longer than the EoA version, which as Curt states was an evolving design. Glad that worked, it...
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    The serial numbers on Italian reproductions are...

    The serial numbers on Italian reproductions are not necessarily sequential by model. By that I mean if Armi Sport is doing an order for 100 Enfields then 100 US 1861s, the numbers would pick up where...
  12. Watts & I looked into that, even bought an...

    Watts & I looked into that, even bought an original to copy. The problem is you can still get originals for less than we could
    make the reproduction. That and the whole repro musket market is in the...
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    Hard to perform McClellan's bayonet drill without...

    Hard to perform McClellan's bayonet drill without one. Also useful for stacking arms. While reproductions are ok for providing the appearance of a bayonet, most of us carry originals because they are...
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    Maybe John S Jackman Diary of a Confederate...

    Maybe John S Jackman Diary of a Confederate Soldier (of the Orphan Brigade) or Johnny Green of the Orphan Brigade: Journal of a Confederate Soldier? Both are very well regarded for different reasons....
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    And that's what this is, a war story...how it...

    And that's what this is, a war story...how it came to the Gospel according to Sam Watkins is probably due to the Ken Burns Civil War documentary, where it was heavily quoted.
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    I like Company Aytch, but as far as a reliable...

    I like Company Aytch, but as far as a reliable "history of events" I am with Mint Julep.
    It appears that Watkins was writing for an audience, and played to that audience.
    In the revised version...
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    Why not eschew wrapping paper of any kind....

    Why not eschew wrapping paper of any kind. Weren't haversacks supposed to be a greasy mess and replaced regularly?
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    Todd Watts has repaired a few for guys over the...

    Todd Watts has repaired a few for guys over the years. I thought he silver-soldered them, but maybe not.
    While a one-piece replacement ramrod is the way to go they often have to be cut down to fit...
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    Funny. The US 1855 was also a historic curiosity...

    Funny. The US 1855 was also a historic curiosity then...the irony of all of this just kind of slaps you in the face.
    You will note that there is no separate "Rules for the Management and Cleaning"...
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    Zimmerman used to make one back when Euroarms was...

    Zimmerman used to make one back when Euroarms was in business. Not sure the Armi Sport lock is close enough to the original to work with, based on the width, etc. Not sure it could be done.

    Then...
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    The Armi Sport US 1842 (an excellent reproduction...

    The Armi Sport US 1842 (an excellent reproduction musket) has us all perplexed as well. How did they get one that so close to right and botch both
    the US model 1861 and P53 Enfield so badly?
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    The strange thing--regular readers can probably...

    The strange thing--regular readers can probably remember the original posts with images--is that Todd Watts sent the Armi Sport factory owners (Chiappa) in Italy a defarbed Enfield to copy. What you...
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    Try the Pedersoli P53 Enfield. Not perfect, but...

    Try the Pedersoli P53 Enfield. Not perfect, but as good as any Civil War musket reproduction out there.
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    Either way, the fix is the same. You can't add...

    Either way, the fix is the same. You can't add wood back to the stock very easily, so make the band diameter smaller with the
    use of shims or heavy tape, etc.

    Armi Sport did an ill advised stock...
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    That is common, it's because Armi Sport reshaped...

    That is common, it's because Armi Sport reshaped the stock and the barrel bands are too loose now.
    There are some quick fixes you can employ but not much else you can do about it. What I would do...
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