Restoration of a 170 Year Old Musket

Nothing fancy about this post. This whole process is just neat to watch and a stunning endorsement of the powers of WD40 and a brass scrub brush.

I enjoy restorations. Reviving a historical piece through careful labor is one of those purely wholesome acts that return something lost into something found and remembered. It is delightful.

The weapon is a nepal found 1840’s made Brunswick P-1841

Dr. Restoration puts it thus,

In this video I restore an 1840’s British Brunswick P-1841 officer musket that was found in Nepal. I was hesitant to restore such an old rifle, but i decided it would provide me with useful experience. I started by breaking the dirt and grime down with WD40. Once I was able to get to the screws the disassembly could begin.

The gun was not difficult to disassemble. The hard part for me was fixing the broken stock and bringing out the beautiful colors of the wood. In the end I was quite happy how the bug chewed stock came out.

I wanted to give a real test fire for the video, but for safety I will wait until I have the riffle looked at by a qualified gunsmith. I was however able to provide a tiny “blank fire” to show that it is functional.

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Keith Finch
Keith is the former Editor-in-Chief of GAT Marketing Agency, Inc. He got told there was a mountain of other things that needed doing, so he does those now and writes here when he can. A USMC Infantry Veteran and Small Arms and Artillery Technician, Keith covers the evolving training and technology from across the shooting industry. Teaching since 2009, he covers local concealed carry courses, intermediate and advanced rifle courses, handgun, red dot handgun, bullpups, AKs, and home defense courses for civilians, military client requests, and law enforcement client requests.