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KQAS 2011 Update: Mamluk Fire Coat

04 Feb

I made some progress on the fire coat as well. Both sleeves have been studded with my powder charges. I have probably put 30 or so charges on each arm. It is starting to look and feel cool.

The front of the Mamluk fire coat is padded. Since I am allergic to horse hair and hemp, I am using cotton as the padded layer, sandwiched between 2 layers of wool. Channels are 1/4″ wide. As a final layer, I am lining the coat in wool. So far I have gone through about 800 yards of black thread.

The charges are made from natural linen 5.3 oz. Each contains about 1 tsp of powder* and is attached to the garment with wire.

*Powder charges == coffee charges. Coffee doesn’t have the potential to explode. And a coarse ground bean has the same weight and feel as black powder.

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Posted by on February 4, 2011 in Artillery, Projects, Sewing

 

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