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January 18, 2013, 10:54 PM
This is a thing of beauty. But the original C.S. Richmonds were not all shiny like this were they? I'm currently taking donations for ds's holy crap thats an expensive rifle that I must have fund! All contributions are totally not tax deductible and go to a good cause :D


January 18, 2013, 11:31 PM
Maybe they were all polished like this when they were new in 1863. Can't really tell from the petina but here is an original.

January 18, 2013, 11:42 PM
It looks like a lot of fun to fire. It doesn't really call out to me to own one.... but I'd sure mosey down to your end of the line if I saw you firing one and ask if'n I could take a turn or two. ;)

January 18, 2013, 11:48 PM
And I would gladly hand it to you and let you take er for a spin. I would like to add a repro civil war musket to the stable. I need to keep my butt off of Dixie's web page, and I definitely don't need to ride over there. :D

James K
January 19, 2013, 12:27 PM
"But the original C.S. Richmonds were not all shiny like this were they?"

Yes. Like the Springfield and Harpers Ferry muskets, they were finished (or not finished) "armory bright." In the days when camouflage was not even thought of (if, indeed, the word existed) long rows of men with the sun glinting off musket barrels and bayonets was seen as a demonstration of power and a fine military display. Also, the shiny finish made rust easy to detect by a sergeant who could then counsel the young troop about keeping his gear in shape.


January 19, 2013, 12:48 PM
Makes since. Thanks for the lesson James. I was thinking they were blued or something.

January 19, 2013, 04:21 PM
British made Enfields were blued but American commanders ordered the bluing removed and the steel to be kept polished.

January 19, 2013, 04:32 PM
So the Repro's That Dixie is selling, are they just polished steel?

January 19, 2013, 09:44 PM
Yeah, armory bright = polished steel.

January 19, 2013, 11:22 PM
armory bright = polished steel. = You better stay on top of it or it will ANTIQUE on me fast huh?? :D

January 19, 2013, 11:42 PM
Polished wont rust as fast as unpolished but you still need to keep it oiled. It will lose the shine unless you keep it pollished.

4V50 Gary
January 20, 2013, 01:02 AM
Polishing guns kept otherwise idle soldiers from mischief.

January 20, 2013, 01:39 AM
^^^ There is always a method to the military's madness. Probably why even to this day in age when I was a young troop we magically ALWAYS had extra duty cleaning racks of 16's at the range!