CWDigitalDigest US Musket Tools - Vol. VI, Episode 7

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In this episode, learn about the many tools that matched up with the different US rifles and muskets. We explore what was issued to the men and at what ratio the specific tools were provided. Learn how the tools evolved through time and how what was considered primary and secondary changed.

Thank you to Mark Krausz and the rest of the team at Agents Campbell and Pelican’s Military Goods for bringing this history to the table to share. The 1816 Springfield provides a foundation for the episode.

After a first viewing, do you want to go back and jump to your favorite weapon? Here is the list!

00:41 - 1816 Springfield
05:39 - Hall Rifle
07:18 - 1841 Rifle
09:03 - 1842 Musket
10:43 - 1855 Rifled-Musket
13:11 - 1861 Springfield
15:39 - 1863 Springfield


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johan_steele

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The various Enfield tools not covered in this episode.

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Correct, US tools were only covered in that particular episode.

Until I have some threaded rods to test a couple hundred wipers, I did not feel confident on adding some of the contract made and arsenal made wipers of the 1850s/1860s based upon measurement length alone. Once I can verify the threading, I can further breakdown the wipers into particular weapon categories. I've even added a mainspring vise that's stumped me, unless I can find someone with an incredibly long mainspring. Even since filming, Roger Bethke and I spoke about what's cited as the m1816 family mainspring vise, possibly belonging to the Sharps or Spencer rifles.

European tools will be covered in another episode.

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