- I have been in the hobby for 15 years. I have always liked the looks
of the Jap Bess Lock better. I have also been told by numerous other
hobbist to stay away from them because they are not as good as the
Grice. I do know that the Grice lock is very reliable. Also if it
breaks again you can get parts. I think it would take a little
fitting. However a handforged main spring would be very good and if
someone will do it for $75.00 it would be worth a try. I'm real
suprised that someone could do it that cheap. I have been seeing
Grice locks on eBay some for around $100.00. An entire Jap Bess went
for $307.00 the other day. I just got my Naragansette Arms Long Land
and I'm in love...
- --- In Revlist@y..., Mlewishome@c... wrote:
>I bought a Japanese kit about 10 years ago on the advice of several
> I have also been told by numerous other
> hobbist to stay away from them because they are not as good as the
folks, some who were suppliers who had recently stopped selling
the muskets themselves (and therefore had little to gain), that the
Japanese lock was the more reliable. My experiance seems to back this
up. I did have to replace a mainspring a couple of years ago.
> I do know that the Grice lock is very reliable.I have seen several Italian Bess locks, particularly from about three
years ago, coming brand new from the factory with soft frizzens and or
very weak mainsprings.
The last few new Pedersoli Bess I have seen have been fine and the
"word on the street" is Pedersoli has any QC problems fixed.
> Also if itSorta true. There is an older version of the Grice lock that some
> breaks again you can get parts.
current parts will not fit. Pedersoli seems to do this on other locks
too, God only knows why. The large Ketland repro that is on many
"Hatfield" rifles has gone through a couple of versions as well.
> I think it would take a littleMicheal Lea and Daughter, Gunsmiths, qouted me $50.00 installed
> fitting. However a handforged main spring would be very good and if
> someone will do it for $75.00 it would be worth a try. I'm real
> suprised that someone could do it that cheap.
three years ago. I guessed at a 50% inflation but I could be way off.
> I have been seeingI got the $150 price from a two year old Dixie catalog. $100 for a
> Grice locks on eBay some for around $100.00.
new, working, Bess lock is a good deal.
Given the lack of parts for the Japanese lock, if the italian can be
made to fit, it may be an option.
> I just got my Naragansette Arms Long LandThe Naraganstte arms I have seen look super. Enjoy!
@nd Albany County Militia
I bought my Pedersoli bess maybe 5 years ago, and the lock was dreadful.
The frizzen was so soft I couldn't even get a spark. The Mainspring broke on
about the 10 attempt at firing it! The lock basically fell apart before my
eyes! The gun it self was nice though. I told Dixie about the problem and
they sent me a new lock free of charge, that fit perfectly, sparked great,
and has caused me no trouble in the past years. As long as I keep a good
flint in it, the word misfire is not in my dictionary. I happen to believe
that Pedersoli is not the most reliable company though. I also have a Jap
musket, which I am just in love with. She sparks great! However, I dont use
it because the wood is this light tan color, and I haven't yet gotten sling
swivels put in. I also have the Naraganset Fist model and the lock on that
is supper! I just wish I was a bit bigger because that gun is a bit awkward
for us smaller types.
- <I think it would take a little
> > fitting. However a handforged main spring would be very good and ifFor anyone having a mainspring problem cntact Jim Cacso at: caspar@... Jim did a mainspring for a 20+ yr old Charleville for me and the custom fitted mainspring and tuning up of the lock ran half that. His springs are not scratch made but rather from stock that has oversixe placement pin etc which he can fit to your lock regardless of maker or age of the lock.
> > someone will do it for $75.00 it would be worth a try. I'm real
> > suprised that someone could do it that cheap.>
Ed Kennedy, editor
18th Century Life
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