Dear Mr Whittaker,
Just a message to clear up some points.
There was an enfield barrel made in India that broke in England. The
barrel broke past the second band and not in the breech area. A
ballistics expert friend assumed an obstruction in the barrel caused
it to bust or a second explosion inside.
The barrel had been proofed and a company selling Euroarms suggested
Indian barrels weakened over time. (using that logic if I construct
something out of 4150 steel in India and 4150 steel in Europe, the
object made of 4150 steel in India will weaken quicker? No they are
both made of same steel).
Just as in Canada and the United States there are many people in
India making flintlock muskets. They range in quality from guys
making them in the backyard out of waterpipe to real manufacturing
companies following industry standards.
Guess where most of the India Pattern Muskets where being made?
Well... India. It is amazing on how many people don't realize that!
All our muskets are made in a factory from seamless case-hardened
steel with threaded breeches. The barrel wall thickness is greater
than that of Pedersoli. Numerous reenactment groups and historic
sites (Parks Canada and National Parks Service included) use some of
our muskets in their demonstrations.
We have sold hundreds of these muskets and our manufacturer has
supplied thousands to Europe and the UK with the barrels going
through their proofing houses. All without a single incident.
In North America there is no proofing standards therefore a musket
made in North America is not proofed. Today's quality of steel has
made it no longer necessary. But you have to use good steel and not
mild steel. Indeed the proofing process in Europe can be considered
far from definitive. There often one barrel is selected from a lot
of barrels, tested, and the rest of the barrels of the lot are
We suggest any new musket be test fired with ball for peace of mind.
Peace of mind assists in developing confidence and as everyone knows
most accidents are caused by someone who is not properly trained
and/or lacks confidence in the safe use of his/her firearm.
I hope this information is useful in the debate. In addition we are
the manufacturer's sole distributor in Canada. Any other company
selling the India Pattern Musket is selling copy made from another
manufacturer and we have no idea as to its quality.
--- In WarOf1812@y..., "jbwhittaker" <ortheris@r...> wrote:
> I find I must agree with Mr.Harris regarding a musket that has not
> been proofed. I would be wary of such a musket and would consider
> a "wall hanger". There was a dicussion on another site previously
> regarding muskets made in India that displayed dangerous weakness
> after a number of firings? Perhaps we should hear from someone in
> group who has purchased one of these muskets from The
> General and has had the vent drilled and the barrel proofed by a
> gunsmith and their opinion. I don't know if I have seen one of
> muskets at a reenactment event, but the Generals web site does have
> some really nice looking products and being from Canada myself it
> nice to know I can get period products from a Canadian source.
> J.Bruce Whittaker