The Lamar Rifles


Equipment


C. AMMUNITION


We do not supply members with powder. You will have to purchase FFG or FFFG black powder. Do Not Buy Pyrodex!!! You will also need percussion caps. Caps are usually available from the same store you buy your powder from and are also available from most sutlers. Be sure to buy the correct type of caps - Musket caps (They look like small top hats), not the small no.11 caps for revolvers. Do Not Buy CCI Caps!!!

Roll an adequate supply of blank cartridges before each event. They are simple to make once you get the hang of it, being simply a rolled paper tube filled with 60 grains of powder for 58 caliber weapons or 80-90 grains for 69 caliber weapons. Any veteran will be happy to show you the correct way to roll your own cartridges and pack into arsenal packs, or check out the articles page for instructions. Each arsenal pack contains 10 rounds of ammunition and 13 percussion caps rolled up in a tube. At larger events, you can purchase pre-rolled paper tubes from the sutlers. You will fire anywhere from 10 - 40 rounds at a drill or living history event to 100+ at the larger reenactments.



Arsenal Packs
Arsenal Packs - 10 Rounds and 13 Percussion Caps
Blank Ammunition
Blank Ammunition

Percussion Caps
Percussion Caps


 

D. MISSOURI STATE GUARD IMPRESSIONS


1. CIVILIAN OR EARLY 1800s WEAPONS
Civilian shotguns, early (1842 smoothbore or earlier) percussion or flintlock military muskets, or percussion or flintlock civilian longarms. Flintlocks will usually only be allowed at living histories.

Recommended Vendors:
Dixie Gun Works
Fall Creek Sutlery
Or check Civil War shows for original weapons


Double Barrel Shotgun
1860s Double Barrel Shotgun
Kentucky Rifle
Kentucky Rifle

Mississippi Rifle
Mississippi Rifle





2. CIVILIAN COAT
Civilian style frock coats, paletots, or sack coats, made of a period pattern and materials. Civilian garments are usually made of wool, linen or cotton, although cotton jean is acceptable for sack coats. Wool jean was reserved for slave clothing or the lower class citizens. Buttons should be of a natural material: brass, pewter, hard rubber, mother of pearl or cloth covered.

Recommended Vendors:
Carter & Jasper Mercantile
C & D Jarnagin
Corner Clothiers
Past Patterns (Pattern only)


Civilian Paletot
Civilian Linen Paletot

Civilian Sack Coat
Civilian Sack Coat




3. CIVILIAN TROUSERS
Civilian style trousers, of a period pattern and materials. Civilian trousers were usually made of wool, cotton, linen or cotton jean, but wool jean trousers are acceptable. Wool jean trousers were usually encountered in the lower class and in slave clothing.

Recommended Vendors:
Carter & Jasper Mercantile
C & D Jarnagin
Corner Clothiers
Past Patterns (Pattern only)

Civilian Trousers
Civilian Wool Trousers




4. WAISTCOAT (VEST)
Civilian pattern waistcoat with either a shawl or notched collar. These waistcoats should be made from wool, linen or silk, and should have correct buttons of metal, mother of pearl, glass or hard rubber.

Recommended Vendors:
Corner Clothiers
Past Patterns (Pattern only)
Carter & Jasper Mercantile
C & D Jarnagin


Civilian Vest
Civilian Shawl Collar Vest



5. SHIRT
Civilian pattern cotton shirt with a collar. White pleated front shirts or the common plaid, checked or striped cotton shirts are all acceptable. Calico ready-made shirts were beginning to become popular during the war, but should not be represented in large numbers.

Recommended Vendors:
County Cloth (patterns)
W, W & Company
Carter & Jasper Mercantile
Corner Clothiers


Civilian Shirt
Civilian Cotton Shirt





6. CIVILIAN HAT
Civilian pattern felt slouch hats in a period style and color. Common colors were black, brown, or tan. It should have a ribbon around the bottom of the crown, and a also around the edge of the brim. Most hats have a lining in the crown. Straw hats are allowed, but please check with the captain before you purchase one!

Recommended Vendors:
Tim Bender Hats
Clearwater Hats
Dirty Billy Hats


Mosby Style Hat
Civilian "Mosby" Style Flat Top Bowler





You may wear your military brogans if you do not have civilian style shoes or boots. Any cotton or wool socks are acceptable. Accoutrements are up to you. The Missouri State Guard was not issued much, if anything, so they gathering whatever they could find to suit their needs. You should use a non-military haversack if you have one. There are also accounts of MSG using powder horns or powder flasks and shot pouches since they were not issued cartridge boxes. Military cartridges boxes with tins may be required at certain events, but percussion caps may be placed in a pocket instead of using a cap pouch. Canteens should be tin drum or civilian style canteens, wicker bottles or gourd canteens. Military canteens are acceptable if you have nothing else. Civilian style blankets and oilclothes are preferred over military blankets and rubber ground clothes.


Civilian Cotton Blanket
Civilian Cotton Blanket

Civilian Boots
Civilian Boots




The Lamar Rifles at Athens, MO 2005
The Lamar Rifles as the Missouri State Guard at Athens, MO 2005




E. VENDORS

The clothing and equipment listed above are all available through various vendors and the list provided below is by no means a complete list of all vendors available. Listed below are vendors that we have used and we know provide a quality product. If in doubt, speak with a member of the company staff before making a purchase.



Ben Tart

C & D Jarnagin

Carter & Jasper Mercantile


CJ Daley

Clearwater Hats

Company Quartermaster


Corner Clothiers


County Cloth


Dell's Leatherworks


Dirty Billy Hats


Dixie Gun Works

Duvall Leatherworks

Ezra Barnhouse Goods

Fall Creek Sutlery

Haversack Depot

James Country Mercantile

James River Armory

John Zimmerman Gunsmith

L.D. Haning & Co.

Mattimore Harness

Missouri Boot & Shoe


Orchard Hill Sutlery


Otter Creek Tinware


Past Patterns


Regimental Quartermaster


S&S Sutler of Gettysburg

Swamp Fox Knives

The Quartermaster Shop


Tim Bender Hats


Trans-Mississippi Depot Co


W, W & Company

Wisconsin Veterans Museum


 


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