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I have seen the little cap dispener stars that you can buy but I didn’t think they were that convenient as I got the used and full ones mixed up in my pocket, and anyway I like to have the small bits and pieces for a percussion gun on on cords so I don’t drop them when game shooting – try finding a small part in a field of kale!  Anyway as I’d got a 3D printer and not much to print I thought I’d design a better system  and sell a few to my fellow shooters and here, and possibly on ebay if they turn out to be popular.

The cap dispenser system is based around star dispensers that each take 8 caps of 1075 size or similar (approx 4.2 dia. nipples) and fit on square  sprung pegs.   The first set,  the ‘cablesfarm essentials’ of the muzzle loading world has 3 dispensers on a peg with a disc to cover the exposed caps, giving you 24 caps on the peg.  The peg has a lanyard so you can hang it round your neck and with only one star on the peg you can put caps on the nipples without taking the star off the peg.  A spare peg is supplied to keep the remaining stars safe.  They are available in a discreet mid green or a vibrant flourescent raspberry red – ideal for finding again if you drop them!   PRICE £19 INCLUDING POSTAGE IN UK

BLACK FRIDAY PRICE NOW £ 15 inc postage

The next set is designed to give you dispensrs  to last for a long clay shoot or a lively game shoot 56 caps on 7 dispensers, housed in a container with alid, with a spare peg and lanyard so you can have one dispenser for instant use.  Available in discreet green or flourescent raspberry red.  Cost £45.00 including UK postage and packing.

BLACK FRIDAY PRICE £ 35 inc post and packing

Card dispensers for 16 to 12 G

Dispenses two cards of 0.5mm thickness or one thicker card at a time – quick and handy and no lost cards blowing about or lost in a pocket.  Now longer to hold 100 cards!

BLACK FRIDAY PRICE NOW £ 25 including post and packing – UK only


1/8th inch square gravers in High Speed Steel

This is the basic tool for authentic antique gun engraving in steel  – They are ground and sharpened in the way that I would use for 95% of the engraving I do – that is with a 45 degree main face roughly cut on a grindwheel and  then the top of  point roll ground on the wheel to remove some surplus – all with lots of cooling to keep the temper of the point.  The roughly shaped tools are sharpened on a 1200 grit diamond hone at 45 degrees  and  then the two heels sharpened  at 15 degrees on an Arkansas stone  (the points are taken off first on a very very fine old diamond stone to save scoring the Arkansas stone).  All tools are  stropped to remove burrs  and are inspected under a microscope to make sure the heels are balanced.  I then make a very short, fine cut with them at high magnification  to check they are properly sharp.

The tools I sell have the heels ground to about 1/2 mm in length (20 thou) as this is slightly easier for a beginner than the 1/4 mm I use myself, but I’ll sharpen to whatever you want.

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1/8th inch Square Gravers in High Speed Steel  – price each including UK postage £17, or 2 for £30 including UK postage.


A pair of substantial graver sharpening jig specifically designed for fast and accurate sharpening of square gravers  up to 1/8  x 1/8  ( 3.2mm square)  on both the main cutting face and the two heels without  reconfiguring  the jig – the only thing that needs to be set up each time is the length of tool protruding from the jig, and a simple perspex gauge is provided preset for 15 and 45 degrees.    Suitable for 50mm wide diamond (must be continuous surface stones, i.e. DMT – needs 1200 grit for 45 degree face and 10000 grit extra extra fine for heels) ,  or Arkansas stones .  These are supplied a separate jigs for the two functions as the older combined jig was somewhat inconvenient to make and use.  The jigs are supplied with a plastic card cut to 15 and 45 degrees to check sharpening angles – you can make your own if you prefer different sharpening angles.   See VIDEO page for use of the jigs.

Sharpening Jig for 45 degree face  £40  – Jig for 15 degree face £35.  Bought together £70.  Post and packing UK destination £6 any order for jigs

Percussion cap De-capper

On muzzle loading shoots its often necessary to uncap your gun – unacpped it counts as unloaded on the shooting ground so you decap at the end of each drive, and whenever you want to reload having fired only a single barrel and the other is still loaded.  If you are doubled up on a peg this happens almost every time you swap with your peg mate.  In a normal morning this might mean removing around 10 to 20 caps.  Its usually very difficult to get the caps off and even more difficult to save them.  On the last shoot I went on Martin Crix lent us all little pairs of pliers on lanyards, because he was worried about the risk that people would reload with one barrel capped (there have been a couple of nasty accidents) . The pliers just about worked and were much better than an accident, but  on nipples with the normal degree of taper it was still difficult and you tended to pinch your fingers, so I came back and made a few of these decappers that seemed to work much better, and allowed you to save the caps ( at 6p each it may take some time to recoup the cost, but what is your life worth?)    I’ve made up a few and sold some at AML already, so I thought I’d put them on this site. They come with a ring and a lanyard, plus a nipple pricker in case you get a blocked nipple.  The de-capper is made of annealed spring steel – tough but  not  hard enough to damage a decent nipple


De- capper for 4 mm nipples (standard shotgun) and 0.8mm nipple pricker on a small keyring     Stock No 2001    £16 inc p&p to UK


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Imperial cap tool – for Saml & Charles Smith’s Imperial caps –

fits round body with side peg hole  £ 125.00  p&p £5.00  (Made to order – enquire for delivery)

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