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Discusses Problems with Pistol Barrels and Proving

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CollectionLibrary of Congress: Samuel Hodgdon Letterbook, 1798-99 view image
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Date July 18, 1799
Author Name Samuel Hodgdon (primary) Location: Philadelphia
Recipient Name James McHenry (primary)
Summary Believes that Mr. Dana's claims about the proof of the pistol barrels is unnecessarily severe because the caliber of the pistol is smaller than the Charlottesville musket. Discusses size of proof balls. Warns that proofs were unfinished and barrels are rough when ordered which causes a reduction and weakening. Speculates about other reasons for miscalculations. The pistol making in Philadelphia is of smaller caliber than in Connecticut.
Document Format Author's Letterbook Copy
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Related Persons/Groups James McHenry; Samuel Hodgdon; Mr. Dana;
Related Places Philadelphia; Springfield; Connecticut;
Keywords Pistol Barrels; Charlottesville Musket; Proof Ball; Pistols; Powder; Mandrils; Stamps;
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