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PostPosted: Tue Jul 15, 2008 2:45 am 
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Hi folks,
I've been silent for a while now and my first post back on the forum is not about kukris :)

I finally had a chance to stop by Atlanta Cutlery and check out their warehouse and meet Doc (a fellow forumite). I actually did pick up a kukri (pics below), but what I really went in to get was one of their 1853 percussion muskets. I ended up getting three, but two are for a friend and his father.

First of all, Thanks to Doc and Monty for letting me wander in their very expansive warehouse. I was like a kid in a candy store, except the aisles were full of weapons. It was beautiful. Long story short, after a lot of sweat and dirt I picked out three muskets and here are the pics below. There are going to be a lot of them, complete with lots of inscriptions.


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 15, 2008 2:51 am 
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These rifles have been decommissioned for well over 100 years and no one has touched them since. AC got the whole lot and what's amazing is two of them still have working actions that snap like they would fire just fine today. Not planning to find out, but as I took them apart I was amazed by the simple functionality of the design. These things must have some stories to tell, and I can only imagine the lives of the Gurkhas who carried them.


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 15, 2008 2:53 am 
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and finally a kukri. I need to get a better shot of that stamp. Anyone seen that before? It's QEY........?


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 15, 2008 5:05 am 
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Great pictures Derek, Those Enfields have been there and done that, I too wish they could talk. The Pattern 1853 Enfield has a long and varied service history, as you probably know they were England's attempt at Lend Lease to help the Confederate side in the US Civil War. Many thousands were sent to the South during the hostilities.
I'm getting more and more tempted to visit my Niece in Georgia just so I can dig through the AC warehouse.
That MK2 is very interesting, are those the only markings on it ?
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Hi Warren,

That is the only marking on the MK. I think I can make out more letters -- I'll post anther pic when I get a chance.

This was one of those rare times when I was driving from TN to GA to see family and I was without kids. I figured there would never be a better chance.

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 15, 2008 1:21 pm 
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I forgot to mention that, yes, the Confederate connection was one of the interesting bits of history that tempted me to pick one up. The British had that design down to a science. It's such a simple weapon to field strip, it only takes a few minutes to have the whole thing apart and back together.

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Derek,
Here's a link to a post on another forum by a fellow kukri fancier and forumite on cleaning up one of the "as found" AC Enfields for display. Your pics are excellent - I really want to get one of those, although I'm also tempted to get a Martini. (Referring to the rifle, not the cocktail :wink: ).
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 15, 2008 5:14 pm 
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Berkley wrote:
Derek,
I really want to get one of those, although I'm also tempted to get a Martini. (Referring to the rifle, not the cocktail :wink: ).
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You can do both, you know.

Actually, I'm with you on that. I'd love to get one of the breech loaders too.

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 15, 2008 9:09 pm 
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BTW, that thread and youtube video were both excellent.

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According to a post by Andreas over on the SFI forum the QEY marking is for Qeyoom Brothers and his is dated 1944 and also came from AC.

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