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jgibbons21 Jun 2008 9:37 a.m. PST

I just came back from Gettysburg and am thinking of getting into Civil War Reenacting a little…

I picked up a de-farbed Enfield and the leather kit to accompany it…

My question is, "what is the purpose of the piece of sheepskin in the cap box?"

Also, "Dirty Billy's Hats" is a cool store!


Personal logo Tommy20 Supporting Member of TMP21 Jun 2008 10:52 a.m. PST

To keep the caps from pouring out.

The cap box, that is. Dirty Billy's goal is to keep the caps pouring out, and he does a mighty nice job of it…

jgibbons21 Jun 2008 11:32 a.m. PST

OK – that was good :-)

Is Dirty Billy's rep good in reenactment circles (accuracy wise)?

He certainly seemed to know his stuff to me…



KeithRK22 Jun 2008 7:03 a.m. PST

Yes he is known for being pretty accurate.

If I may offer some advice. If you haven't already done so, I would find a unit to join first and talk to them before buying any more kit.

Many units have certain requirements for their member's gear. They also usually have a list of recommended vendors. This will prevent you from buying gear that might not meet their standards and save you money in the long run.

jgibbons22 Jun 2008 7:51 a.m. PST


Thanks for the advice… This was sort of a spur of the moment thing but you are right of course…

I went with common denominator stuff but could still have problems with unit-specific requirements…

Thanks for you advice!!!


Personal logo Murphy Sponsoring Member of TMP23 Jun 2008 7:37 p.m. PST

If you want to ask some more "newbie reenactor questions", shoot me a PM or email at m_murphy_1963ATyahooDOTcom.
And if you can make it up to G'burg next week, the 145th is kicking off…

Defarbed Enfield?…Who made it amd how much did you pay for it?

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