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Old 11-27-2013, 11:32 PM   #11
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The company that I wrote to about their reproduction ram rods finally answered, and their rods are of sufficient size to thread the end to accept original accessories. They have them in brass. Would a brass ram rod be a prominently Southern or Northern feature. I still like to think my Harper's Ferry was used by the South because of the initials carved into the stock. Got some response from the forum that the initials were more than likely added after the war because the opinion was expressed that armies did not allow soldiers to deface military arms. I have, however, seen an example of the 1842 musket held in the NRA museum, that has initials carved into the stock, just like mine. The NRA doesn't say whether it was a North or South weapon.
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