I've had two pards hit by fragments. One took a chunk in the neck and another got one right above the eye. Another half an inch shorter and he probably would have regretted going to that event.
I really don't like to see these little boogers at events.
Is Navy Arms currently selling their brand of caps? I know a couple years ago they were talking about bringing them back. Otherwise, looks like the RWS caps are the only "real" choice as far as safety goes. Also looks like the RWS musket caps come in 2 flavors: flanged, and flangeless (another modern version?). Too bad CCI can't be petitioned by a majority of re-enactors to start making OUR kind of musket caps...
http://www.blockaderunner.com/Catalog/catpg1.htm Under each model of gun are a list of accessories including musket purcussion caps in the #11 size, 4-wing caps. They come in a plastic case from the manufacturer.
http://www.jarnaginco.com/catframe.html About half way down the page is item #7011 percussion caps for muskets. They also come in a plastic case from the manufacturer.
You can get a tin container with a good repro lable from either one to carry caps in. Personally, when I roll cartidges, I just roll up a couple extras with caps and make sure I have some extras already in my pouch so I have 10-20 more caps than I need so if I drop a few, its no worry
I have bought caps from both of them, and they both are a pleasure to do business with. All are the 4-wing variety, size #11 and sized for muskets, unlike the #10 caps you get at Bass Pro shops and such.
Last edited by Abrams; 09-09-2008 at 04:41 PM.
New Madrid Guards
"How many legs does a dog have if you call the tail a leg?
Four. Calling a tail a leg doesn't make it a leg."
It would certianly be worth the time and extra effort to procure the 4-wing caps. Having been on the receiving end of them fraging, you certainly want to make sure not to put your pards through it.
Kevin 'Kace' Christensen
7th & 30th Missouri Volunteers
Jarnigan has raised the price for their RWS caps by 3.00 per container for 200.
The local gun shop here in Jersey sells caps for 11.95 per container of 100. And I believe they are no longer made in tins of 200, but I could be mistaken.
If you can afford it, you can purchase from the manufacturer at substantial savings, however, you have to order in excess of 25,000.
William Lee Vanderburg
Robert S. Bowers / 4th NC
Calvin Spry / 57th NC
The German caps are made by RWS, they make 4 winged brass and 6 winged copper caps, the latter ones having more power.
I have not seen any 6 winged original caps so far but I have not seen so many anyway. The originals I know of were 4 winged copper. Parker Hale was offering these caps but I fear they are not made any more. They really had the correct shape like the originals and were made of copper.
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