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Re: band springs
Posted by Dick Stauffer on Monday, 25 May 2015, at 2:56 p.m., in response to Re: band springs, posted by Dick Hosmer on Monday, 25 May 2015, at 1:30 p.m.
A Decoration Day/Memorial Day salute to all vets past and present. You and your achievements are not forgotten or unappreciated on this or any other day!
Now, I am having to go back a bit, but have from time to time acquired stocks some benighted soul had knocked the springs out of. The spring cuts on some were different depths. I knew the reason, but, like you, Dick, it didn't make sense from a manufacturing standpoint and again there was no evidence of hand work involved. I remember wondering, how did they do it? It's a VERY small point, but if anyone else has observed this, and it could be confirmed from other (less ancient) experience than mine, it would help folks with springless stocks know what to put back in them. M1855 and M1863 musket springs were stocked with three different lengths of pins for the three band positions. These pins seem to all have been shortened during rework to the length of the upper band pin. I'm curious, but I'm sure not taking out my pin punch either!
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