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Re: 2nd Model (Short Land) Bess

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    Sir, Do you still have any have a Bess for sale? Lou
    Message 1 of 6 , Feb 15, 2013
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      Sir, Do you still have any have a Bess for sale? Lou


      --- In Revlist@yahoogroups.com, "napmemorabilia" <napmemorabilia@...> wrote:
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      > I have an original "Elliott carbine, 1790's", "Baker Rifle", 1st land pattern "Brown Bess" all "TOWER" Marked, and an Italian (Third land pattern) repop I'm currently looking to sell. For any who may be interested drop me an e-mail? All have their original bayonets with the exception of the 1st Land Pattern Bess. Located in Northern Virginia.
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      > Chris
      >
      > --- In Revlist@yahoogroups.com, BDodgeWeaver@ wrote:
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      > > --- In Revlist@yahoogroups.com, "larsprillaman" <larsprillaman@> wrote:
      > > >
      > > > Hello, I'm Lars . . . I'm starting to get into Rev war stuff and a friend who's been on the authentic campaigner side of it for a while suggested that I try to get ahold of a 1970s repop of a Short Land Bess, saying they are the best repops . . . Lars
      > > >
      > > Dear Lars: What impression are you looking at? A Short Land has some flexibility, but is not good for everything.
      > >
      > > That said, a Japanese reproduction of the British "Short Land" (which is probably what your friend was suggesting) was a pretty accurate reproduction gun that has been coming back on the market occasionally as older reenactors from the Bicentennial, or their children, sell off items. Their lock engraving, general quality of manufacture (which slacked off by the late 1980s) and the fact that they were stocked in walnut are their strenghts. However, you are still purchasing a 30+ year old longarm that has probably seen hard service. Further, keep in mind that parts for these weapons are no longer readily available, but instead are fabricated or stockpiled by a small number of gunsmiths. You may want to look at Ackermann Arms, located in the Hudson Valley, which purchases and refurbished these arms.
      > >
      > > If you are looking for a good newly manufactured arm, the Italian manufactured Pedersoli Short Land is good bet. Indian and Pakistani muskets on the market (Veteran Arms, for instance, sells these) are cheaper and have the "authenticity" fact that at least some are made with non-interchangeable parts in something approaching 18th c. conditions. However, these muskets are somewhat bulky compared to original Short Lands, are stocked in tropical hardwoods, some concerns have been raised about barrel integrity, and the locks can have some problems. Vendors have tried to address at least some of these issues with the manufacturers. You will need to make your own decision on these.
      > >
      > > Hope all this helps as a primer on what's out there, and good luck.
      > >
      > > Thad Weaver
      > > German Rt.
      > >
      >
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