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Old June 11, 2019, 06:55 AM   #26
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I wasn't aware of the Shawk and McLanahan revolver. Apparently from the video, Shawk is the same as the Abel Shawk I listed earlier. Samuel Shawk is more like the assembler of the gun. He must have southern roots so I'll have to check the other books once I get home.

https://youtu.be/fyChxEm7HIY
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Old June 11, 2019, 09:46 AM   #27
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Shawk and McLanahan made less than 100 .36 caliber brass frame revolvers in 1858.
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Old June 15, 2019, 11:25 AM   #28
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I have an old rifle that is stamped 'J.E. Willis', it is said he could have made 16 rifles, I believed he repaired rifle and then stamped them with his name.

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Old June 26, 2019, 10:26 PM   #29
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What is the possibility that the markings on the barrel is someones name. I cleaned it with steel wool today and it clearly is "Shwarp". This is a bit of a stretch but I found someone who fought on the Union side named Shwarp who was killed in the battle of Murfreesboro. Found in a report by Major general Rosecrans. https://quod.lib.umich.edu/m/moa/ABS...;view=fulltext
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Old June 27, 2019, 09:52 AM   #30
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Oh no. Not steel wool. You remove the patina with steel wool.

If you must clean it, use a nickel (five cent piece) and organic coconut oil.
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Old June 27, 2019, 09:53 AM   #31
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Regarding the deceased, you now have to go find his enlistment card and see what his occupation was. A gunsmith would, if he wanted to, become the regimental armorer and not have to see the elephant.
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Old June 27, 2019, 06:41 PM   #32
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I used very fine steel wool, the patina is still there for the most part. Where do I go to find an enlistment card?
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Old June 27, 2019, 07:28 PM   #33
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Fold3 or a trip to the National Archives. It will confirm his occupation, date of birth, physical characteristics and place of enlistment.

Mind you, it could be nothing too. The fellow could have been a farmer, store keeper, clerk, brickmaker, brick layer, wheelwright, cooper, etc.
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Fold3 or a trip to the National Archives. It will confirm his occupation, date of birth, physical characteristics and place of enlistment.

Mind you, it could be nothing too. The fellow could have been a farmer, store keeper, clerk, brickmaker, brick layer, wheelwright, cooper, etc.
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