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Forum: European Armoury 11th September 2019, 01:40 PM
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Posted By yulzari
Oh dear. This could get very technical and...

Oh dear. This could get very technical and involve wide digressions. So, in a short version.

Corning (making the gun powder into grains) used to be done by drying the gun powder into 'cakes' and...
Forum: European Armoury 8th September 2019, 12:16 PM
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Posted By yulzari
The risk in using small arms powder in artillery...

The risk in using small arms powder in artillery is that the smaller grains cause a more rapid burn which gives a higher pressure and the cannon barrel may fail. If it does hold together (for a while...
Forum: European Armoury 7th September 2019, 08:45 PM
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Posted By yulzari
By 'barbarous' he just meant crude and primitive...

By 'barbarous' he just meant crude and primitive Jim. Just his way, as a man of his times, of saying that it was of appallingly bad quality. John Company (to use the period vernacular) was not in the...
Forum: European Armoury 7th September 2019, 12:30 PM
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Posted By yulzari
It may be instructive to note John Braddock's 'A...

It may be instructive to note John Braddock's 'A Memoir on Gunpowder' of 1832...
Forum: European Armoury 31st August 2019, 07:28 PM
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Posted By yulzari
Tumbling gun powder granules in graphite is a...

Tumbling gun powder granules in graphite is a detrimental practice when longer incorporation and tumbling will polish the grains quite adequately if they were made dense in the first place, It gives...
Forum: European Armoury 31st August 2019, 12:57 PM
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Posted By yulzari
The famous Times reporter William Russell...

The famous Times reporter William Russell mentions visiting a Union battery in the ACW and observing a sergeant upbraiding a private for going to go into the magazine with a lit pipe in his mouth....
Forum: European Armoury 30th August 2019, 09:50 AM
Replies: 105
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Posted By yulzari
I do have to qualify my post above in that I am...

I do have to qualify my post above in that I am drawing upon the use of saltpetre from Chile and that bat guano was used in US gun powder production.

My post was about the possibility that sodium...
Forum: European Armoury 29th August 2019, 10:33 PM
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Posted By yulzari
If Mexican powder was prone to suffer from...

If Mexican powder was prone to suffer from dampness it could point to using guano derived sodium nitrate instead of potassium nitrate as the saltpetre portion of the gun powder.

Sodium nitrate is a...
Forum: European Armoury 28th August 2019, 12:45 PM
Replies: 105
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Posted By yulzari
Not quite relevant to the use of the lance in mid...

Not quite relevant to the use of the lance in mid 19th century Mexico but I was issued a lance for formal guards whilst in the British army in the 1970's and my local gun shop in France has a small...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 26th August 2019, 11:04 AM
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Posted By yulzari
Major General Syed Ali Hamid comments at...

Major General Syed Ali Hamid comments at https://www.thefridaytimes.com/gunrunning-to-the-northwest-frontier-and-the-crash-of-1910/ on the trade into the area generally.

Period reports of British...
Forum: European Armoury 25th August 2019, 07:02 PM
Replies: 105
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Posted By yulzari
Indeed the technology existed for the Mexicans to...

Indeed the technology existed for the Mexicans to make good powder had they decided to do so but the performance of the Mexican small arms and artillery as described in the Alamo and later war...
Forum: European Armoury 25th August 2019, 12:41 PM
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Posted By yulzari
Just to emphasise, the making of firework powder...

Just to emphasise, the making of firework powder is comparatively easy. Good firearms powder is another matter.

Ordinary charcoal is hardwood charred in a covered pit or chamber at a high...
Forum: Ethnographic Weapons 24th August 2019, 05:44 PM
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Posted By yulzari
May I recommend Neil Aspinshaw's seminal book on...

May I recommend Neil Aspinshaw's seminal book on the Martini Henry which is about to be published (see www. martinihenry.org) which deals with the many stories and myths about the rifle and explains...
Forum: European Armoury 24th August 2019, 12:32 PM
Replies: 105
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Posted By yulzari
If the powder had to be 'stabilised' that would...

If the powder had to be 'stabilised' that would suggest it was firework meal powder and not corned so the ingredients would separate in transit. Gun powder is a mechanical mixture not a compound....
Forum: European Armoury 23rd August 2019, 01:50 PM
Replies: 105
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Posted By yulzari
This all reinforces the idea that Mexican powder...

This all reinforces the idea that Mexican powder was not of a firearm quality and they sought to remedy that by imports as the Mexican producers were unwilling or unable to source and suitably...
Forum: European Armoury 20th August 2019, 12:31 PM
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Posted By yulzari
I will happily stand correction on the CSA powder...

I will happily stand correction on the CSA powder availability. I had observed that they imported British made cartridges so used shipping space for quality powder.

Just as a note on powder...
Forum: European Armoury 19th August 2019, 12:27 PM
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Posted By yulzari
I wrote a post on the subject and it has...

I wrote a post on the subject and it has disappeared into the ether so i will summarise.

The gun powder made in Mexico was probably firework powder which would match the described qualities of...
Forum: European Armoury 19th August 2019, 12:23 PM
Replies: 105
Views: 4,085
Posted By yulzari
Mexico has traditionally been fond of fireworks...

Mexico has traditionally been fond of fireworks and this was probably the major production purpose. Equally, whilst Mexico did make gun powder and the Confederate States in the ACW were woefully...
Forum: European Armoury 18th August 2019, 06:13 PM
Replies: 105
Views: 4,085
Posted By yulzari
Coming late to the party I apologise if I repeat...

Coming late to the party I apologise if I repeat anything already said that I missed on reading my way through the thread.

There does seem to be a misconception that Britain was arming the Mexican...
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