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Re: Left or right-handed ?
« Reply #27 on: Thursday 07 January 21 11:51 GMT (UK) »
I see what you mean about the head/eye being further back.  When Sharpes Rifles was on the tele I read up a bit about the Rifles brigades and remember reading that soldiers using both muskets and Rifles did have gunpowder marks on their faces so there must have been some explosion debris from the priming pan coming back into their faces.. I also seem to remember reading that not only were the rifle barrels shorter than musket barrels but also that the stocks were to which would bring the soldier's faces closer to the flintlock mechanism - I'll try and find out for sure.

Either way the muskets and rifles were designed to be used by right handed soldiers as were all the drills as said above.

When my father was an apprentice plumber in the 1920s he like all other such were sent to get left handed screwdrivers, hammers etc.  He got his own back once though when sent for a left handed rip hook, he went to the big specialist tool supplier in the town and was able to actually get a left handed one much to the embarrassment and leg pulling of the guy who's sent him.  There were other left handed tools too, bricklayer's trowels for instance where the hardened edge was on the other side - I always assumed they were symmetrically hardened until I found that out, may be different nowadays though when left handedness is totally accepted.

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Re: Left or right-handed ?
« Reply #28 on: Thursday 07 January 21 13:58 GMT (UK) »
I see what you mean about the head/eye being further back.  When Sharpes Rifles was on the tele I read up a bit about the Rifles brigades and remember reading that soldiers using both muskets and Rifles did have gunpowder marks on their faces so there must have been some explosion debris from the priming pan coming back into their faces.. I also seem to remember reading that not only were the rifle barrels shorter than musket barrels but also that the stocks were to which would bring the soldier's faces closer to the flintlock mechanism - I'll try and find out for sure.

Either way the muskets and rifles were designed to be used by right handed soldiers as were all the drills as said above.

When my father was an apprentice plumber in the 1920s he like all other such were sent to get left handed screwdrivers, hammers etc.  He got his own back once though when sent for a left handed rip hook, he went to the big specialist tool supplier in the town and was able to actually get a left handed one much to the embarrassment and leg pulling of the guy who's sent him.  There were other left handed tools too, bricklayer's trowels for instance where the hardened edge was on the other side - I always assumed they were symmetrically hardened until I found that out, may be different nowadays though when left handedness is totally accepted.
That reminds me of a young chap being sent to the stores by my workmate to get a cap full of 5/8" holes. The store man obliged, took the cap from the young lad and got a 5/8" hole punch from stock and set about the cap. My work mate wasn't happy when he got it back 😂
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Re: Left or right-handed ?
« Reply #29 on: Thursday 07 January 21 14:58 GMT (UK) »
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