1861 Flintlock Conversions done by Hewes & Phillips of Newark, New Jersey

Informational Video by Rafael Eledge of ShilohRelics.com about the 1861 Flintlock Conversions done by Hewes & Phillips of Newark, New Jersey

How’re you guys this is Raphael from Shiloh relics calm I hope you’re having A great day and I want to say thank you Because yesterday we shipped out as much As we have ever shipped out in the 25 Year history of Shiloh relics calm and If it wasn’t for you guys that would not Be the case I had several of you Mentioned that you’ve been watching These videos I actually had one of the Guys placed an order that recommended One of the pieces I taped last week so Just once they thank you because it is Greatly greatly appreciated I am so Fortunate to get to do what I do I’m so Glad to get to be with you guys again Today today we’re going to talk about a Neat thing that came from Newark New Jersey and it’s a piece that was very Functional at the time at the outbreak Of the Civil War they needed guns and They needed them quickly they did Several things to fill those needs They made new pieces they signed Contracts for new pieces but they also Had all of these antique guns that were In the Arsenal’s already that they had To do something with and most of them Were still using the flintlock designed State-of-the-art for 1861 was percussion And it didn’t rely on the flintlock It was a lot more dependable so what do You do do you get rid of all these guns And just buy new ones nope

They actually converted a lot of those Old antique flintlock guns to percussion So they could keep using them during the War one of the companies that got one of Those contracts to do these guns was in Newark New Jersey it was a company Hughes and Philip H E w es instead over The regular Hughes it was Hughes and Phillips they made him in 1861 in 1862 They did about 20,000 of them and they Did them for the state of New Jersey and The US government so they will show up Two different ways this one you can see This mark this one For the state of New Jersey New Jersey Liked to stamp their stuff they did with An NJ and it usually shows up at least On the barrel but usually on the barrel And on the stock of this on the side Opposite of the lock plate and while We’re talking about the lock plate Notice that this gun was made in 1926 Way before the Civil War so it was Already don’t make me do math but that’s A lot of years before the Civil War I Kept my coffee and just not kicked in Yet give me a minute And I’ll be able to do that man but they Show up with a lot of different makers So you’ll see it from Harpers Ferry Springfield this one is a contractor Made gun and they used what they could Get their hands on and they did it in an Interesting way they did several

Alterations to this gun instead of using That whole barrel from the old gun they Used everything but the last couple of Inches what they did they sliced that Off and they added the piece that they Made and you can see this is called a Bolster this little section is called a Bolster and on top of the back of the Barrel it has the H&P mark like this and It also has the 1861 date like this Stepped into the tang and if you guys Remember what the tang is it’s the Little piece that sticks out on the end Of the barrel that they screw on to the Stock these are interesting because you Have the original date the 1826 when it Was made Plus you have the date of 1861 when it Was converted I like that because it Brings it’s not maybe it was converted Into 1850s maybe not we know exactly When exactly where in exactly by who Owned this gun they also rifle the Barrel to make them more accurate make Them a lot more dependable this one has The full-length barrel it has good Rifling on the inside of it and if you Notice the ramrod check this out see That little indentation on the The end of the ramrod they call that the Tulip end and it has been bored out to Make it to where you could load the Rifle bullet instead of the smoothbore Bullet the smoothbore musket ball that

Would a fire it out of this looked like This but once they converted it to Rifling to make it more accurate they Used a bullet like this that made it a Lot more accurate this one they actually Even add a rear sight on to the back of It at the breech of the barrel and if You notice they’re put on backwards from All the way you usually see them don’t Know why but that’s the way that you Usually see them and you can see this One has the original one like this and It’s it’s just got a coup addict look All over it like it’s just the soldier Walked home at the end of the war Propping it up in the corner left it There for 150 years I love that flavor That patina I call it flavor because you see all Kinds of flavors and I enjoy that term So I like the flavor of this gun You won’t hear probably anybody else say That all day long but you heard it here First so I want the trademark on it when You guys start using it all the time The stock of the gun is the original one From way back when they are made of a One-piece walnut wood walnut like we’ve Talked about the most used gun for gun Stock the most used wood for gun stocks During the 1800s it’s got both of the Sling swivels underneath because of the Shoulder the soldier would have had a Shoulder sling because he would have

Carried this one this one would have Been used more than likely by just a Standard ready to fight infantryman and The guys that actually fought the Majority of the war used these long Muskets they used them here at Shiloh You see raffled 69 caliber bullets at Shiloh So neat gun very cool story let’s see if I missed anything oh they did These conversions that’s why I have to Make my notes old people have to have Notes they made a first type in a second Type that’s the way they usually go when You have two types the first type you Can tell a mile away because if you Notice on the lock plate there’s a Little screw on the bolster at the Breech of the barrel What’s that screw for you unscrew that So you can clean it makes it a lot Easier in this first type they’ve made 8,000 of them in total production they Made 20,000 type 1 and type 2 combined So 12,000 on the second type until They’re a mile away because they don’t Have that screw that one screw is what Lets you know immediately first type and You see that 1861 production date on the Conversion so see if I missed anything Else because evidently my memory is not Serving me correctly today I think That’s it but there’s a very very Important thing I want you guys to know

I love you I hope you having a good day I thank you For watching these videos go to Shiloh Relics comm you can see this gun you can See several other long guns I’ve got a Few of the different style conversions Of these early weapons because I like Them I like them because they’re neat They’re affordable compared to most of The guns of the day and they got a lot Of character and you know 1861 this gun Was probably at some of those important Battles I never can say for sure without A name but I’m an optimist I believe it Was so going there look at the pictures If you get a chance please subscribe on YouTube because we are going to give Away when we hit 1000 subscribers we’re Going to give away an original cavalry Saber from the Civil War I hope to have The person that wins it somehow I hope To have them here with me probably over Skype or something I don’t know I’m not Technical my girls are going to help me With that I love my daughters I hope They know that I hope you guys know that I care I hope you have a wonderful day I hope Kind to others and I hope somebody’s Kind of you today because each one of You deserve it Have a great day and we’ll catch you Next time


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