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 is the Editor-in-Chief of GAT Marketing Group editor@gatdaily.com A USMC Infantry Veteran and Small Arms and Artillery Technician, Keith covers the evolving training and technology from across the shooting industry. A Certified Instructor since 2009 he has taught concealed weapons courses in the West Michigan area in the years since and continues to pursue training and teaching opportunities as they arise.