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  • Bright Barrels On Enfields?

    I remember reading somewhere that sometimes crushed brick was used to clean barrels. Does this mean that at least Enfield barrels were bright?
    Mark Aman

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    You have really kicked a hornetīs nest. Sometimes they were. Sometimes not. There is evidence of both bright and blued rifles in servic. My rifle is bright. Some other folks keep theirs blue.
    Jacob "Ned" Nolan
    Mess No. 1

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      If you look through "A History of the Fifth Regiment New Hampshire Volunteers in the American Civil War 1861-1865" it is mentioned that

      "Orders came for a forced march, next day, to Lower Marlborough, Md. Each man was to have two days' cooked rations and forty rounds of ball cartridges. During the whole night the men and officers were active in making preparations in the rain and mud. They cooked and packed rations, cleaned and burnished arms and equipments. No tents were to be taken, and only three wagons."

      Do they mean burnished as in struck bright? I don't know. They were issued Enfields at the time. It depends on the unit.

      - Chris Jackson
      Christopher Jackson
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