Musket Slings, Flints & Accessories

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Musket FlintEnglish Black Gun Flint - from Brandon, England
$1.50 each or $16.50 per dozen

 

9/8" for Brown Bess muskets (9/8" wide x 1"~1¼ long)

8/8" for Brown Bess or Charleville muskets (1" wide x 7/8"~1-1/8"long)

7/8" for Rifles (7/8" wide by 3/4"~1"long)

Lead Musket Flint PadsLead Musket Flint Pads - 1" x 2" with hole to allow for jaw screw. Same as those found at Fort Stanwix, New York City, Hudson Highlands, and Brandywine. $.25 each

[Wooden Snapper]Wooden Musket Flint (also known as a Snapper or Driver) for Bess or Charleville $.50 each

With regard to flints, Cuthbertson writes "The flints should always be screwed in firm, between a thin piece of lead, it having a more certain hold, than leather, or any other contrivance.... a Soldier ought to have...a small bit of wood, shaped like a flint, to use at exercise, in practicing the firing motions..."

[Cartridge Formers]Cartridge Former - choice of cherry or walnut. $2.00 each

5/8" Hardwood dowel with one end hollowed out to accept the ball when rolling cartridges or for tucking in the end of cartridge paper when rolling blanks, as specified by Timothy Pickering in An Easy Plan of Discipline for a Militia (1770). He writes, "A piece of wood about six inches long is to be made round so as to fit exactly the size of the ball; this is called a former: make one end of it hollow to receive a part of the ball...". From Cuthbertson "...that all the cartridges may be exactly proportioned to the bore of the firelocks, a sufficient number of wooden formers, of a proper size, must likewise be provided."

The cartridge must fit snug in the block. Countless times I've found rounds on the battlefield that look as though they were rolled on a pencil or felt pen former. These undersized tubes will fall out of your pouch when you are running or falling to the ground. The proper paper tube cartridge must have some fricton between it and the wood block. These formers will make rounds (live or blank) for Charleville or Brown Bess.

Cartridge PaperCartridge Paper - The safety regulations for many groups require the blank rounds be properly made. That means a good paper, no staples, no more than 125 grains of powder, and the round fits well in the block. A good paper easily tears with the teeth, but doesn't fall apart when the cartridge is extracted from the block or doesn't stay folded in shape. I've seen people using common newspaper which is unsightly; white copy machine paper which doesn't tear easily; and brown restroom paper towels which falls apart. The best paper I've found is artists newsprint. Instructions on how to roll a blank cartridge are on the 40th Foot website. A pad of 100 sheets, cut to the proportions specified by Timothy Pickering in his 1775 work An Easy Plan of Discipline for a Militia. $3.00

British Musket ToolBritish Musket Tool - copied from original found in Camden, S.C. (c.1780). Two screwdriver blades and tip of the "punch" end is Italian threaded to hold worm. About 3½" tall. $12.00 each

[Provincial Tool]Provincial Musket Tool - copied from original found at Seven Years War (1760's) site in the N.Y. Champlain Valley. It might be British and/or Provincial. See Collector's Illustrated Encyclopedia, pg. 264, #6. About 3¼" tall. $10.00 each

[US Tool]American Musket Tool - Simple iron blade with decorative twists and pricker end. Not a copy of any particular artifact but is typical of the period style and workmanship. About 3¼" tall. $8.00 each

Musket Cleaning Worm - Screws onto the ramrod and is used with linen tow to clean a barrel, with a patch to oil the barrel, or used as-is to remove stuck wadding, cleaning patch, or a blank round. These are original mid 19th Century worms and they look much like 18th C worms, of which most are slightly different.

Most are .62 caliber which means they can be used on a Brown Bess or Charleville and have a female thread so they can be screwed to ramrod male thread. Available in several thread sizes and pitches: #12-24TPI which is common on the Mikoru Japanese Brown Bess, 5mm x 0.8 which is common on the Pedersoli Italian Brown Bess, and 6mm x 1.0 which is common on the Navy Arms 1970's Charleville. Also available in .54 caliber with 5mm x 0.8 female thread.

Some worms were made with male threads so they could screw into a cleaning rod or the button of a ramrod. Available in .61 caliber with a 1/4 - 20 thread, and .54 caliber with a 5/16 - 24 thread.

Very limited supply and may not have these very long at this price. $30 each. Before ordering please check which size thread you need and email me so I can confirm your desired worm is available.

[Spring Vise]Mainspring/Hammer spring vise. Great for compressing springs when cleaning the lock. Modern construction and design. Sold out - I don't know when more will be available.


Mainspring Vise - large Mainspring/Hammer spring vise - Large.
This larger vise has a more authentic 18th C. appearance. $18.00 each

Hammer StallHammer Stall - Brown Bess or Charleville $5.00 each. Made of leather with matching thong. The free end of the thong is slit for inserting onto the musket swivel or can be tied to the swivel or trigger guard. Available in black, natural light brown (pictured), or buff leather. This item is sometimes called a "Frizzen Cover" (Frizzen being a term used in 18th C. civilian context).

Flash GuardFlash Guard - for the Brown Bess musket and made of plain steel to match the lock. Like other flash guards, this mounts with the hammer (aka frizzen) screw, but this flash guard has an extension at the rear that rests on the top of the lock plate right behind the pan. This prevents the flash guard from swinging down and exposing the pan. If your musket is like mine, if I tightened the screw enough so the flash guard wouldn't pivot up-and-down as I fired and reloaded, the hammer wouldn't open when struck by the flint. With this flash guard you can keep that screw loose enough so the hammer will open, and the flash guard will stay in place. If your musket stock wood touches the back of the lock pan, you will have to remove a sliver of wood to make room for the flash guard extension so it can rest on the lock plate. $6.00 each.

Hammer stalls and flash guards are authentic and did exist in the 18th Century. Regarding hammer stalls, Cuthbertson wrote "...On Service, leather Hammer-stalls are undoubtedly an advantage to a Battalion, when loaded, and resting on their Arms, as accidents may be prevented by having them fixed upon the hammers of the Firelocks..." The following are orders for the Royal Artillery Regiment, issued at Philadelphia on 2 June 1778 in anticipation of the march to New York which culminated in the Battle of Monmouth. "It is left to their [officers] discretion in time of real Action to disencumber such men as they may think proper entirely of them [arms], taking care that they be lodged in their Ammunition Carriages and to prevent any possible Accident happening therefrom, thumb stalls have been ordered to be provided which the men are constantly to keep on the hammer of their pieces except when posted centrys." Source: Great Britain, Royal Artillery Regiment Library, Woolwich, Brigade Orderly Book, James Pattison Papers.

Musket Parts - I don't have them, but a source for Brown Bess parts (Japanese and Italian), and Charleville parts is Paul Ackermann www.ackermannarms.com. Paul can make repairs to ramrods and bayonet lugs, tune and repair locks, hone barrels and crown muzzles, repair and refinish stocks, and reharden hammers (frizzens). Paul is a 1st New York member, and the West Point Military Academy curator of arms, and can be reached evenings at 845-658-9248. Paul recently acquired the stock of parts and kits from the family of the late Ed Woodland. As you may know, the mainsprings on newer Italian Brown Bess are awful, but replacements are available. The older Italian Bess mainsprings can be replaced, but it takes drilling and filing to make the replacement springs fit. This is not something you can do in the field.

Jim Casco (Whitcomb's Rangers) now has Japanese Brown Bess hammers (aka frizzens), hammer springs, sear springs, and main springs. Jim's email is caspar@vermontel.net and phone 802-235-2457. Jim also has parts for the older Italian Bess's and is making springs out of real spring steel for about $50, as opposed to the awful springs on the new muskets. Jim can also do repairs, tune-ups, and restoration work. If you don't know Jim by name, he is the fellow who brings the proof and armory stamps to events.

Bayonets - I have them for the Brown Bess. If you have been reenacting for any time you probably realize that bayonets often are not interchangeable between muskets. The problem is that the slots in the bayonet socket are not a standard size, and neither are the lugs on the musket barrels. At this writing (June 2014) I have ten bayonets in stock and all ten socket slots are slightly different. No two are alike.

If you need a bayonet for a Brown Bess musket I may be able to help you but I need two measurements from you: the width and length of the barrel lug. The lug should be between .230" and .245" wide. The length can be from .250" and greater. The height of the lug is important, but if the bayonet doesn't fit because of the lug height this can be easily fixed by filing the lug, the socket slot opening, or a combination of both.

These bayonets are old stock and were stored in a basement, thus they will have some surface rust These bayonets are $50 each. I also have a few bayonets with British style tooled thick leather scabbards for $65 each.

Musket Sling - for 1st Model (Long Land) Brown Bess, 2nd Model (Short Land) Brown Bess, or Charleville. Prices range from $17 to $35. Sling swivels on muskets are generally 26 ½" apart. If your swivels are 29" apart or greater then order the longer Long Land sling. Many of the Long Land muskets have the sling swivels at the same location as Short Land muskets, so please measure before ordering as you might not need a longer sling. As a practical matter I've found that slings without buckles, or slings with buckles but without tongues, are the easiest to use and may be more authentic as very few period image show a sling with tongue holes. The photos of the buff leather slings shows the leather whiter than usually available. Buff leather ranges in color from off-white to straw color due to the oil and sulfer used to tan the leather. Leather slings are 1 3/8" (35mm) wide.

Slings are not stock items, but made in batches every three or four months for the orders that I have. All the stitching is done by hand, not by machine. One of the reasons for the delay is that my workbench isn't often clear so I can lay out hides of leather and cut straps. Also freshly tanned buff leather off gas sulfer, so these hides needs to air out a few months. While the sulfer isn't potent enough to be a hazard, it is enough to turn shiny brass buckles black in short order. So if you need a sling right away please look elsewhere.

A Musket Sling - "EA" double DA - My "EA", a double D brass buckle stitched to end of sling. No tongue on buckle, the friction of the thick leather against the buckle holds the sling in place. This sling is shown in numerous period images, especially the David Morier paintings of the British infantry in 1751. Black or Natural Brown leather $25.00 . English Buff leather $30.00
B1 Musket Sling - "EA" double D with iron tongue B1 - Same as sling A above, but the "EA" buckle has an iron tongue and sling is pierced with holes for the tongue. Because of the iron tongue, this sling is difficult to use and is perhaps why so few are seen in period images. If you really want a sling with the EA buckle and iron tongue, consider the two-piece sling F shown below. Black or Natural Brown leather $25.00. English Buff leather $30.00
B2 Musket Sling - "EX"  DB2 - Same as sling B1, but with my "EX" D buckle with iron tongue. Black or Natural Brown leather $25.00. English Buff leather $30.00
C Musket Sling - "EA" double DC - My "EA", a double D buckle that slides along sling, as pictured in David Morier paintings of the British infantry in 1751. Buckle can be easily removed to polish buckle and pipeclay the leather. English Buff leather $ 25.00
Cuthbertson recommends that, "Slings without buckles are lightest, and most convenient to the Men at exercise..." The two slings below (D and E) are made without buckles.
D Musket Sling D - This sling is and based upon an original in Scotland. A leather loop, or keeper, holds the sling to the desired slack. When tight, a small strap at one end of the sling is fastened to a leather button at the other end of the sling. This sling is made to fit a musket with 26 ½" between the sling swivels bars when they are drawn taut. If you need a greater distance, order the Long Land version and provide the swivel measurement. Black or Natural Brown leather $30.00. English Buff leather $35.00

E Musket SlingE - This sling is on the Charleville displayed at Brandywine State Park. Similiar to sling D above, but without the button/small strap, and this sling has a second leather loop/keeper to keep the sling in the desired position. This sling will fit either a Brown Bess or Charleville. Black or Natural Brown leather $25.00.
English Buff leather $30.00

Musket Sling - two pieceF - A sling made with two pieces of leather which allows the "EA" buckle with iron tongue to work with greater ease. Black or Natural Brown leather $25.00. English Buff leather $30.00
Hemp Webbing Musket SlingHemp Webbing Musket Sling - The Continental Army had chronic supply problems with items made of leather, such as cartridge boxes, shoes, and shoulder carriages. This is documented in Gen. Washington's writings and is the reason his army was at times supplied with tin cartridge cannisters, shoes from France, and hemp webbing shoulder carriages for the cartridge boxes. Most surviving American muskets do not have sling swivels, so musket slings were probably among the items with a low priority. For those muskets with slings it is likely that webbing would be used so that leather could be set aside and used to make more important items such as cartridge boxes. I am now making a hemp webbing musket sling for Continental Army troops. This sling is 1¼" wide and has my brass EB buckle. The buckle is hand sewn to the webbing and the tautness of the sling is easily adjusted with this buckle. The end at the trigger guard is held in place with the provided linen cord. The sling is available in a Short Land length, approx 26 ½" between the sling swivel, and a Long Land length for when the sling swivels are greater than 29" apart. Short Land version $17.00, Long Land version $19.00.

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