One Gun a Week Pic

Discussion in 'Blackpowder & Musket' started by HockaLouis, Feb 4, 2012.

  1. HockaLouis

    HockaLouis New Member

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    I saw someone just state that they thought this sub-forum was dead. So, let's spark some life into it!

    I'll post a pic of most recent acquisitions, one gun at a time in detail, each week going forward for a while.

    Here's a teaser...
     

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  2. KAB

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    Thanks

    Thanks , and I look forward to the lessons :D
    I can never get enough of this stuff !
     

  3. rodent.22

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    my 2 most recent....

    The Walker is the most recent, the 1st model dragoon 6 months before. Both are a blast- both have now been converted to .45 Colt. The best of both worlds with a quick cylinder change. The .22 rolling block fits right in.:D
     

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  4. HockaLouis

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    The first post is an Italian-made reproduction of a Civil War period Zouave percussion rifle (I believe Euroarms though it does not say). It has an anachronistic screw-adjustable rear sight and a very nice sling. Nice brass parts including patchbox too. I got it in excellent condition except for the barrel bands having been repeatedly slid and thereby wearing the wood finish a bit -- odd. It otherwise seemed unused. Yeah, it could use a bayonet. And maybe a "sniper" cross front sight for the heck of it.

    It will nicely complement my original (the heavily-pitted side of my antique Remington is NOT on the lock side so thankfully it is an OK wallhanger and I DO have a bayo for it...).

    32-1/2" .58 barrel, blued, in walnut.

    Everyone should feel free to chime in. This thread is for fun!
     

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  5. KAB

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    Nice gun , great post too . Looks alot like a Thompson Center Rear Sight or Investarms Hawken sight . Whomever had it wanted accuracy , as the Zouve had mediocre sights at best of course relying on mostly Kentucky windage , especially for elevation adjustments .
    Cool :D
     
  6. KAB

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    I bet

    I bet the stock got scratched up because the barrel bands are one directional tapered to fit snug . Obviously they reveresed them while cleaning the barrel or greasing under the barrel and returning it to the stock . Yup .
     
  7. HockaLouis

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    KAB;
    Thanks, and thanks for the info -- if I ever knew that about the bands I forgot it, it certainly didn't cross my mind, and it may explain alot!

    Louis

    PS: I borrowed this from Cabelas...
    "History doesn't tell us much about the use of the 1863 Zouave rifle musket during the Civil War. ...there is no historical record of it being formally issued to military units on either side. Its name is also something of a mystery.
    Original Zouave units [pronounced ZOO-ahve] were French light infantry serving in North Africa in the 1830s and characterized by unique and colorful uniforms... Both the Union and Confederacy fielded Zouave regiments of their own with similar costumes, but none of them were issued 1863 Zouave rifle muskets. ...some have speculated that the gun's striking colorful appearance might have prompted the name.
    Remington manufactured more than 12,000 of the rifles between 1863 and 1865, most of which were part of an order placed by the U.S. Army - the last order it would ever place for a percussion-ignition long gun. Though not as abundant as other long arms during that time, collectors generally consider them to be the best made and designed muzzleloading weapons of the Civil War era
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  8. KAB

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    I only learned

    No Problem , I learned it the hard way myself , LOL , on a Sharps Military Model no less , hee hee , but will never forget it :mad: My Smith Carbine is the same way , but not quite as fussy as some of those bands can be on other models , yours being one of them probably . That and you gots to sqeeze the barrel tight into the wood while putting bands on to avoid scratches anywayz regardless of directional bands or not .
     
  9. HockaLouis

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    Ya know what? The more I think about it formally, the more I know I have often slid down, stopped, removed, reversed, and then re-slid on a proper fitting barrel band again. I just never "think" about it.
     
  10. KAB

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    See what I mean ?

    HockaLouis , I was just reading a Zouve thread on another forum I won't mention , those guys are WAY TOO SERIOUS over there , but the thread was about the sights on the Zouve , and how lacking they are , especially in elevation adjustment . I found it ironic that we were just talking about that here :rolleyes: Go figure .

    See what I mean about this Black Powder Forum being so dang slow here , even with some of us purposely trying to make it alive ? You got 128 views on your thread as I type this , only replys are from my dumb a$$ of course :D
    That is why I said the other week that I thought this forum heading was dead . I nearly gave up on this , but I am soooooo stubborn . :(
    We got 120 learkers watching this thread , no replys , speachless people , no sharing , no nothing on a great thread about the Remington Zouve ? I just don't get it !
    Why dont people post threads on stuff or reply to whats been posted ? Very frustrating , never seen anything like it ? Are people that shy ?
    I will say I appreciate your efforts though :) Keep it coming ! ;)
     
  11. rodent.22

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    HockaLouis that is a sharp rifle....:D Is the sling a period style? the sling hardware iron or brass?
     
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  12. unclebear

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    thank you all I just realized what I need to get... a black powder revolver!
     
  13. HockaLouis

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    Sling hardware is brass including laquer on buckle. Forward loop is held by a brass button and inside portion is covered by a sewn-on leather flap.

    Is it period? Personally I do not know, however, it certainly could be of that era's design. We often see slings for full-sized rifle muskets with a single, long, hook on one end and the other similarly held only by the tension of the buckle bending the leather...
     
  14. towboater

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    Nice thread. Will be checking it out daily.
     
  15. HockaLouis

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    Navy Arms CW Rifle Musket

    This Navy Arms Civil War musket is the second in this thread.

    It is a well made repro of the 1863 Springfield Rifle Musket. It has a 39" .58 barrel set in a heavy walnut stock. Dated 1864, these repros infamously have the name and town of Navy Arms on the lock and on top of the barrel by the breech! It is in fine condition with perfect rifling... I have to presume it was fired (if only caps and powder) given the signs, but, the metal surfaces, and this doesn't come out in the full picture below even when you click on it, are motled with black patina. Not a hint of brown rust though that's what color shows in the detail of the scratched lock which I photographed too in this case. It'll get a buffing wheel and a little jeweler's rouge to look brand new.

    I believe this gun, and they were not blued, was on display somewhere or maybe in the back corner of someone's closet for a generation. It has a mid 3-digit serial number. The trigger has some sweet, consistant, travel and the let-off is sharp -- smooth lock. This is definitely a fine shooter!
     

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  16. towboater

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    Nice!!! Bet its a ball to shoot too!!!
     
  17. HockaLouis

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    Minie balls -- quite key to such arms at the time.
     
  18. kfox75

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    Alright! BP Porn and a free history lesson!:cool: I'll definatly be following this. Thanks guys!:D
     
  19. TheOldMan

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    I'll remain a lurker until I've got something of value to post... For right now I'm enjoying your posts and pics.. I'm not a "serious" BP shooter but have many in my collection. One I'm particulary fond of is my Enfield Musket for which I'll post pic's of at a later date....:)