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    Posted 8 years ago

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    I sometimes help with the St. Maarten museum & have cleaned their old guns. This is an 1834 Harpers Ferry .69 cal. musket. This is on loan by a friend for many yrs.. It is in beautiful condition & appears to have orig. grease inside the lock. The bore is about as smooth as when it was made. It was orig. flintlock but arsenal converted to percussion. The musee' is air conditioned so I don't have to worry about my "charges" rusting. During the Amer. revolution, the British "brown Bess" was .75 cal. but the French were supplying many weapons & they used .69 cal. so the U.S. adapted the Fr. caliber after the war for their weapons thru about 1840. The U.S. also had adapted the metric system for arms which continued until the late 1800's.

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    1. trunkman trunkman, 8 years ago
      Thank you for your wonderful sense of humour and all the great things you share with us. (I wish at times we could have a separate forum for private comments!) You have made me smile so many times...(not in reference to this posting but to certain door accouterments.)
    2. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 8 years ago
      And thank you T-mon. If you have no sense of humour, you have nothing. Maybe I'll grow up some day, - but not today.
    3. Harborguy Harborguy, 8 years ago
      Wonderful looking piece. Apparently in very good hands. I second trunkman's comments. Keep up the great postings, blunderbuss!

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