Re: [WarOf1812] Digest Number 509: Sgt's Tool
- Right you are Craig...1735 is the date I've read before.
Apparently just at the beginning of the recognized decade for the official
formation of the British Professional Army.
>From: "Craig Williams" <sgtwarnr@...>______________________________________________________
>Subject: Re: [WarOf1812] Digest Number 509: Sgt's Tool
>Date: Tue, 28 Mar 2000 10:48:03 -0600
>A "Sergeants" tool is a "pocket tool" made for use with a soldiers firearm.
>They provided the soldier with the basic implements to dismantle and
>maintain their weapon in serviceable repair.In the case of the British army
>the tool was three pronged with one large screwdriver head for the
>lock-plate screws , a smaller one for the actual lock and a pin punch for
>the removal of the barrel and brasswork. The name I believe came from the
>early 1700's when only sergeants where issued them,(although I'm sure there
>is someone onlist who can give us a more accurate date) it would seem the
>army wasn't sure that everyone could dismantle their firelock and
>re-assemble it in it's desired configuration.
>Ad Hades Cum Sapentia
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