1863 Zouave Musket & Match Version
- Excellent Quality Review by DDay
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The stock: is a beautiful straight grained light piece of European walnut. If I had to guess I'd say it's Turkish. Some of the edges were too rounded and should be filed to shape if one wanted historical accuracy, otherwise it is a good looking stick. I was surprised to see that mine came with a brass butt-late and nose cap. Both were high quality. The grip is more elliptical than the rounded original, but fits a large modern hand well. The stock was covered with a nice finish I'd guess was an alkyd varnish or nitrocellulose It was not too shiny. The color was a touch light, so I stripped mine (it took a very harsh stripper) and applied a linseed oil and gum turpentine mix. Later a mix of red and walnut color will be applied to simulate original armory colors. Debating whether I want to coat with polyurethane. Not historically accurate but I have a musket that still looks the way it did in 76 when I finished it. I will be purchasing a new lock and trigger shortly.
The barrel is a gem. The 7 groove barrels are reputed to be very accurate. It dropped into the Chiappa stock with no wood carving or fitting whatsoever. All the holes line up. It is very precise. The barrel came parkerized, or matte blued, and since I intend to shoot the thing I will probably leave it that way. The originals come with a rich blue color, but that would take a lot of work and I'm afraid of wrecking a perfect barrel. It came with an original front sight which is too short for stock Zouave rear sights but may work with the soule rear sight I intend to install. If you intend to target shoot with this barrel (and why buy one if you don't ) it will need another front sight, the period replacement is a tall blade, there are also tube front sights that work. As near as I can tell this is one of a very few replicas with the original pattern 7 groove rifling and it is a worthy upgrade. I own a Period Lorenz schutzen that was rebarreled for the war and supposedly spent time at Chancellorville; this has a barrel that ihas a nearly identical internal profile so whoever designed this paid attention. It also seems to match original Zouaves although I don't own one I can compare side by side. When I shoot it I'll leave an update (Posted on 5/6/2016)
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