Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Civil War Uniform

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Although "the Blue and the Gray" succinctly evokes the North and the South, in actuality, the uniforms of the Civil War soldiers were anything but "uniform"-neither in color nor any other facet. Uniforms of the Civil War fully explores this fascinating branch of military history, presenting an in-depth study of the many and varied uniforms worn by Northern and Southern soldiers.While the most notable feature of the uniform of the was, in fact, its regulation dark blue color, the Confederates had much more variation, with uniforms ranging from the familiar gray to "butternut." The many styles and colors worn by the South are presented in a state-by-state survey. The North is covered in similar depth, detailing the uniforms and equipment of the regular army, including infantry, cavalry, and artillery.Uniforms of the Civil WarUniforms is an especially rich source for reenactors and all Civil War enthusiasts

Civi war Musket

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There were two types of musket; the matchlock and the flintlock, which could be as long as five feet and had a firing range of up to 300 yards. They were both loaded in the same way; gunpowder was poured into the barrel and packed in hard with a stick. Civil war Musket Then the lead ball would be put in followed by wadding to hold the ball in place.To fire the matchlock, the most common type of musket, the soldier would empty gunpowder into a pan and cover it to protect it. He would then press a lighted piece of flax into a metal trigger called the serpent. When the gun was fired the lighted flax in the serpent would come down into the pan and light the gunpowder. The flame from this would then enter the barrel of the gun and ignite the gunpowder that had been poured into it and the lead ball would be fired.FlintlockTo fire the flintlock was slightly easier but more expensive. The pan would be filled in the same way but the serpent contained a piece of flint which, when it struck the pan, would produce a spark which would ignite the gunpowder.Both weapons were dangerous and clumsy to use. Some of the longer muskets needed a rest to balance the barrel on because they were too heavy to hold. They were impossible to reload quickly and were most effective when a group of musketeers fired a volley of shots at the enemy.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Black Powder Guns

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Black Powder Guns historic replica and model guns. Now, with our new line of real Black Powder firing Guns, we are excited to offer the opportunity to truly experience a piece of history. These functional black powder firing guns are reproductions of historic firearms that saw military action in America from the French & Indian War through the Civil War. The prominent role that Black Powder firearms have played in our history has been kept alive by hunters, shooting enthusiasts, and re-actors throughout the world. Collector’s Armoury is proud to have the opportunity to support your interest in black powder shooting and collecting.We invite you to review our line of Civil War and Colonial Black Powder Firearms and accessories. Please feel free to contact us should you have any questions. As always, we appreciate your consideration and look forward to serving you.No Federal Firearms License is required. These products can be shipped to U.S. locations only. Please check your local laws prior to purchase to ensure compliance. You must be 18 years old to purchase and 21 years old to sign for these products. Basic eye and hearing protection is included with the purchase of Black Powder guns.

Civil War Uniforms

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Although "the Blue and the Gray" succinctly evokes the North and the South, in actuality, the uniforms of the Civil War soldiers were anything but "uniform"-neither in color nor any other facet. Uniforms of the Civil War fully explores this fascinating branch of military history, presenting an in-depth study of the many and varied uniforms worn by Northern and Southern soldiers.While the most notable feature of the uniform of the was, in fact, its regulation dark blue color, the Confederates had much more variation, with uniforms ranging from the familiar gray to "butternut." The many styles and colors worn by the South are presented in a state-by-state survey. The North is covered in similar depth, detailing the uniforms and equipment of the regular army, including infantry, cavalry, and artillery.Uniforms of the Civil WarUniforms is an especially rich source for reenactors and all Civil War enthusiasts

Civil War flags

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Civil War flags was a term used for the flags carried by Civil War regiments. Both armies used flags, which they also referred to as colors, to locate their troops on the battlefield, in camp, and while on the march. Battle flags were used to guide soldiers in battle. Wherever the flags went, the soldiers followed. Flags led the charge or led the retreat. A regiment’s flag was carried by a color sergeant who was the central man in the color guard. A color guard was composed of six corporals whose job was to protect the color sergeants and the flags of the regiment. The regiment’s flag was a great source of pride in each regiment and to lose the flag in battle was a great disgrace. The capture of an opponent’s flag was, in turn, a great honor. While infantry regiments had their flags, there were also special flags made for headquarters, the artillery, cavalry, and even the quartermaster and engineers- almost every unit had one! Columns of soldiers marching toward Gettysburg were easily identified by the colorful flags that each unit carried, most having the name of the regiment painted on them.

Monday, May 25, 2009

Civil War Rifle

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Civil War rifles were some of the most advanced weapons of their time. Many thousands of rifles were ordered during the war, and Civil War rifles were the most commonly seen gun on the front lines. These weapons included the first major use of rifled bores as well as the first bullet-shaped ammunition.Prior to the manufacturing of actual Civil War rifles, many existing muskets were rifled, creating the intermediate stage of ‘rifled muskets.’ This was common in the South, which did not have the resources or manufacturing capacity to produce a large number of new guns. However, even many new guns produced with rifled bores were sometimes referred to as ‘rifled muskets’, creating some confusion over the transition.Many new guns gained popularity as Civil War rifles. The most popular of the various models of Civil War rifles was the 1855 series, of which nearly 60,000 were produced. This was the first major design to use the new rifled bore. Designed specifically for the new Minie bullet, which had recently replaced round balls as the preferred ammunition, these guns were quite popular.

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