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Defarbing sheet

Many reenactors and history buffs have their reproduction muskets "defarbed" Defarbing is simply modifying one's gun to make it as historically accurate as possible.

We can defarb any Reproduction Civil War weapon!!!

Interested in having your gun defarbed? For shipping instructions, click here: Defarb Request Instructions

Check out the services listed below for more information on Defarbing:


Armisport Enfield/ Euroarms Enfield

Remove visible Italian Markings and relocate the Serial number to the bottom of the barrelStrip blue and polish to Armory Bright. $30.00

We draw file off the Italian markings and serial number from the barrel and re-stamp the serial number out-of-sight.  We then polish the barrel back to an Armory Bright luster. When we're finished, you can't tell the markings were ever there.  We then strip the non-period color case hardening from the bands and polish them to match the barrel. We polishing the tang screw to match the bands and the barrel. Finally, we re-stamp the breech with historically accurate Birmingham Proof and Provisional markings. Our stamps are as close to original as possible.  They're made by Larry Stevens from rubbings taken off of original barrels, our stamps are the best in business.
 
 
Standard Armisport Enfield direct from the factory; Italian proof  marks and serial number are very visibleDefarbed Armisport Enfield: Serial number relocated to the bottom of the barrel, Italian proofmarks removed, barrel polished and correct 1862 Birmingham proof marks added.
 
Replace lock plate with correct 1862 Tower Plate. (Armisport Only) $95.00-$110.00

The Armisport lock plate is not historically accurate; the color case is not done right and the "1853 Enfield" stamp is not correct. Our custom made plates are machined copies of original Civil War import enfields. They're marked with a crown and "1862 Tower" and have a double border incised around the perimeter.  Swapping plates makes a BIG difference in the authenticity of one's enfield and our plates are dead-nuts historically accurate. Available in both Armory Bright (polished) and Bone-Charcoal Color Case Hardened.
 
Custom 1862 Tower Plate (Armory Bright)Custom 1862 Tower Plate (Bone Charcoal Color Case Hardened)
 
Stamp stock with correct cartouches and maker's marks. $25.00

Original Enfields that were imported to the U.S. during the Civil War had several stamps in their stocks. These stamps were both import marks and maker's marks. Some stamps even showed where the gun was issued.  We have several different stamps to choose from; both Federal and Confederate. Each stamp was made from a rubbbing of an original stamp on an original gun.
 
Birminghom Small Arms Trade CartoucheJames Cook & Son Maker's Stamp
British Stock Cartouches below trigger guardJ. Cook & Son ramrod channel cartouche
 
Replace round eared escutcheons with squared eared escutcheons. $25.00

Enfields used during the Civil War featured brass, square-eared escutcheons. Reproduction Enfields come stock with round eared escutcheons. the round eared escutcheons are only found on guns issued to the British Army.  We replace these incorrect escutcheons with the correct square ear type.
 
Corrected Square-Eared Escutcheons
 
Replace front and rear swivels with correct type. $25.00

Reproduction enfields have an offset front swivel and a rectangular rear swivel. This is incorrect. We replace the front swivel with the correct centered type and we replace the rear swivel with an original swivel from an original Enfield rifle.
 
Rear swivel replaced with Original Enfield swivelFront swivel replaced with corrected "center stud" swivel
 
Replace rear sight with machined copy of original. $115.00

The rear sights of reproduction enfields are quite crude. They're cast, the sight slides are screwed together and is easily lost, and they're screwed on to the barrel. We replace this sight with a machined copy of an original enfield sight.  Built by Rich Cross, these sights are the best in the business. They're soldered on to the barrel like original enfield sights and they are much better for shooting

 
Cheap cast sight replaced with CNC machined soldered-on sight. These can be either blued or armory bright-your choice.
 
Recontour, Restain, and Refinish Stock. $85.00
 
Armisport and Euroarms Enfields are actually some of the closest reproductions of Original muskets in tems of dimensions. However, there are few issues with these reproduction stock which just aren't right, which add up to be pretty noticeable differences when compared with original guns.  We strip and recontour the stocks closer to original dimensions, we then stain it to just about any color you'd like and give a historically accurate, hand rubbed oil finish. See the comparisons below for more details.
 
Most Reproduction Enfields, especially armisport enfields like the one pictured above, come from the factory with lock panels that aren't the right size or shape. They're rounded where the should be squared, and pointed where the should be rounded. Here's a corrected lock panel. The front of the panel has been rounded out like it should be, the dimensions are more uniform all the way around and now its "crispier" with the correct angles and corners.
Do you see the bulge? This factory stock Armisport has a foream that bulges near the bands; giving the stock an odd feel and a very noticeable "lumpy" look.Here's a corrected forearm. The bulges were sanded down and now the foream segments are straight, like original Enfields; making smooth visual transtions from one section to the next.
 
 
 
Armisport/Euroarms m1861 Springfield/ Navy Arms m1863
 
Remove visible Italian markings and relocate the serial number to the bottom of the barrel. Re-polish to Armory Bright. Stamp with VP and Eagle (if applicable). $25.00
 
We draw file off the Italian markings and serial number from the barrel and re-stamp the serial number out-of-sight.  We then polish the barrel back to an Armory Bright luster. When we're finished, you can't tell the markings were ever there. We re-stamp the breech with historically accurate VP and Eagle proof marks. Our stamps are as close to original as possible.  Made by Larry Stevens from rubbings taken off of original barrels, our stamps are the best in business.
 
Here's a nice used Armisport m1861. The serial number and proof marks are very noticeableHere's the same gun after being defarbed. The serial number has been removed and relocated and our VP and Eagle Stamps have been applied to the barrel.
The barrels on Armisport m1861s feature a very prominent makers stamp directly on the top of the barrelHere's the barrel after being defarbed. The maker's stamp is gone and the barrel was re-polished. You can't even tell it was there.
 
Stamp ESA and HSH cartouches on lock panel. $10.00
 
Original 61s and 63s had inspector's stamps on the lock panel. Larry Stevens has manufactured for us an exclusive set of inspector's stamps which he copied from rubbings taken off of original guns.
  

Correct ESA and HJH cartouches stamped on the lock panel

Change Swivel pins to correct style. $30.00

Reproduction Springfields feature swivels that are loosely pinned together. These pins are easily lost and they're not the correct style. We replace these pins with historically correct taper pins which are installed and filed flush with the swivel; just like the originals.
 
 
Armisport m1861 swivels are pinned together with the pin protruding on either side of the swivelOriginal swivels were installed using taper pins that were filed flush with the swivel, making a nearly seamless finish. This method was used to correct the swivels on this Armisport m1861. This is done to both front and rear swivels.

Recontour, Restain and Refinish Stock. $135.00

Armisport and Euroarms m1861 are very good quality weapons, but unfortunately, the dimensions of both their stock aren't even close to those of original guns. We start with the wrist and tang area. We remove a lot of wood from the wrist and tang, reshaping it as much as possible to the same graceful lines of original m1861 Springfields. We also reshape the transition from the wrist to the comb to give it the same profile as original guns. Then we move on to the lock panels. We re-shape and re-define the lock panels to the correct shape. This is especially noticeable on the panel opposite the lock, which is completely overhauled. We continue by shaping and contouring the rest of the stock. We then sand it and stain it to better match the color of original American Walnut stocks.  Finally, we seal and protect the wood with several coats of linseed oil-the same finish used on original guns. The results are well worth the extra effort.
 
Armisport and Euroarms m1861s are "Hunchbacked". The barrel channels are cut high in the stock and the drop from the wrist to the comb is very drastic. This leaves a large hump behind the tang
Here's the stock after defarbing. A lot of wood was removed from the wrist and tang making the transition from tang to wrist much more graceful.
Reproduction m1861s have rounded combs. We can correct this.
Here's the corrected defarbed stock. The wrist was thinned down and the come was reshaped to correct proportions.
Reproduction m1861s have rounded lock panels that aren't correctly shaped
We redefine the lock panels and completely reshape them to the the original shape and dimensions of originals.
Before: Rounded
After: Defined
This defarbed stock was reshaped and restained to the correct color.
 


Armisport
1842 Smoothbore

Remove visible Italian Markings and relocate the Serial number to thebottom of the barrel. Polish to Armory Bright. $25.00
 
We draw file off the Italian markings and serial number from the barrel and re-stamp the serial number out-of-sight.  We then polish the barrel back to an Armory Bright luster. When we're finished, you can't tell the markings were ever there.
A standard m1842 barrel direct from the factory. Historically inaccurate maker's marks are very present on the top of the barrel.A defarbed m1842 barrel-the maker's mark is removed and the whole barrel is polished to the correct "Armory Bright" satin luster.
Here's a standard m1842 Armisport barrel-the serial number and Italian Proof Marks are very visible

Here's the Defarbed barrel: the serial number was relocated and the proofmarks were removed

 
Replace steel front sight with correct brass sight. $45.00

Original 1842's had brass front sights mounted on the front band. We grind off the steel sight on the Armisport front band and replace it with a custom filed and shaped brass sight. Great visibility when shooting.
 
Armisport m1842 nosecap as it comes from the factory-all correct excxept for the steel sight.Defarbed nosecap with corrected brass front sight.
 
Stamp ESA Cartouche on Lock Panel. $10.00
 
Original m1842 Springfields were inspected and cartouched by Erskine S. Allin. We can recreate his distinctive "ESA" stamp thanks to a complete set of musket cartouche stamps made for us by Larry Stevens. Larry stamps are all exact copies of original stamps which he copied from rubbings taken off of original guns
 
Lock panel stamped with correct ESA cartouche
 
Change swivel pins to correct style. $30.00

Armisport m1842 Springfields feature swivels that are loosely pinned together. These pins are easily lost and they're not the correct style. We replace these pins with historically correct taper pins which are installed and filed flush with the swivel; just like the originals.
M1842 Armisport factory swivel pins. These pins are not period-correct; not to mention their tendency to work themselves loose and fall out.Corrected swivel pins: We ream the swivels out to a taper and tap in a correct taper pin. We then cut the excess off and file flush; allowing for a seamless, correct finish
 
Recontour, Restain and Refinish Stock. $100.00
 
Armisport m1842 stock dimensions need a little reshaping and reworking to resemble the graceful lines of original stocks We start with the wrist and butt stock. We reshape the rectangular wrist to be round-like originals. This not only looks much better but feels much better as well. We also reshape the comb area of the stock to original dimensions. We spend a lot of time on the lock panels. We "crisp-up" the lines around the lock and side panel to make the stand out like an original gun that just rolled out of the arsenal. We completely reshape the lock panel to make it correct. Finally we shave down the forend to the correct dimensions. We restain the stock with a dark walnut stain to hide the contrasting color of the Italian walnut stock and make it more closely resemble American walnut. Finally we protect and seal the stock with several coats of linseed oil-the same finish found on original guns.
 
The wrist of the Armisport 1842 is thick and flat sided. This is especially evident on older ArmisportsWe sand the wrist and tang area down in order to make them round like original m1842s. This makes the stock's lines "flow" a lot better and it also make it feel much different!
Armisport m1842 lock panels are rounded and and not uniform-they're just not very well defined.We reshape and redefined the lock panels to make them sharp and consistent all the way around.
BeforeAfter
The lock panels of Armisport m1842's are shaped very differently than that of original guns.Here's the corrected lock panel-completely reshaped and crisp.
BeforeAfter
The musket on the top is a stock Armisport m1842. The contrasting "streaky" colors
of its Italian walnut stock are very obvious. The musket on the bottom has been
defarbed with a correct American walnut stain and linseed oil finish
   
 
Re-polish lock to proper "Armory Bright" satin finish $10.00
 
Armisport m1842 lock plates are over polished to a mirror finish. The plates are also a softer steel than original plates which makes the corners of the lock stamps to appear "raised" in the metal. We gently sand the plates down to a proper satin finish like originals. This also allows us to smooth out the stamps and make them look more natural and cleaner. We also polish the hammer to match
 

U.S. Stamp on a stock m1842 Armisport-so shiny you can see the reflection of the camera lensThis defarbed plate was repolished to a satin finish. This also makes the eagle stamp a lot clearer.

Springfield stamp on a stock m1842 Armisport. Notice how the edges around the stamp are raised from being struck so deep into soft steel.Polishing the plate also smooths out the lumps on the date stamp; making it look much better and MUCH closer to original plates
 

We can defarb new guns or old guns. You can pick and choose which options you'd like done, or you can have them all done! Please call us at (262) 473-5444 or email us at lodgewd@idcnet.com for more details.








 



 
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