Leather Shot Bags & Accouterments for the French & Indian War.

Leather Shot Bags & Accouterments for the French & Indian War.
Welcome to my Blog! My name is Darrel Lang and I specialize in the Replication of Leather shot bags & Accouterments made in the colonies by the harness and saddle maker of the18th century. All items are hand sewn using waxed linen thread, dyed, then treated with neatsfoot oil & bee’s wax. The leather used is of veg. tanned cow hide 2-3 or 4-5 oz. weight. Other materials used are pig skin, period correct linens for the 18th century and iron or brass buckles. Please take a look at what I have to offer. Thank you!

February 22, 2021

Sheaths for a pair of knives

I made two leather sheaths for a customer. The knives are made by two different makers. He wanted one made up to use as a belt sheath and the other is going on the strap of his shot bag.


Accoutrements of Necessity

 Here are two items that I carry in the bottom of my snap sack.

One is my ball mold, ladle, and bar lead carried in a deerskin pouch.

The other is a cleaning kit that is set up for my fowler or my rifle. It’s to use once back in camp for a little better job on cleaning.

I’m using a tinder horn, made by Ron Vail to store the items needed to clean my firearms. The tinder horn works well for   this, because of the shape, it fits well in the bottom of my pack or rolled up in a blanket roll.

Items are tow and cloth patches, wire worm, two jags, one for the fowler 11ga. and one for my rifle 62cal. also a forged tow worm and a bore scraper. Oil bottle, turn screw, rod adapter, and a wood plug for the touch hole.

I have a small cleaning kit in each shot bag also.

February 12, 2021

Shot Bags 71 & 72

 Here are photos of two shot bags completed for customers. The first is 7” by 7” the second is 7” by 9” there is a small inside pocket  in both and the bags have a 1” wide gusset tapering to about 1/2” giving a little added room. The straps are both fitted with a iron buckle and a tab for a pick & brush. The flap is held down with a button. The bags are completely hand stitched, dyed a dark brown and treated with nests foot oil and bee’s wax.

February 3, 2021

January 2021

Due to covid this past weekends event “School of the Ranger” held at Fort Frederick, MD. was canceled, a few of us had attended last year and was looking forward to this years event. Hopefully it will still happen in March.
Here is a little something to hold you over until then. 
Take care & Enjoy!

January 8, 2021

First Post for 2021


First finished item for the new year. I picked up this belt axe this past fall and made up the shoulder carriage for it. I don’t know who the maker of the axe is but you can see the makers mark. I believe it’s a cast head. The carriage is made from veg. Tanned leather 4/5 oz. stained a very dark brown and treated with nests foot oil and finished off with bee’s wax. The strap is 3/4 in wide,fitted with a iron buckle.

December 23, 2020

Season Greetings


Merry Christmas to everyone! Enjoy this holiday season with your family and friends and please stay safe.

December 18, 2020

My Brother

 This past Wednesday my older brother Duane pass away due to medical issues.
I will miss him, he was the one who taught me how to enjoy and respect the outdoors.
He was a avid hunter and fisherman, and he had a passion for pheasant hunting that never died. He grew up going with dad and his older brother to the thumb of Michigan on October 20 for opening day of the season, which happened to be his birthday. He loved his dogs, raising and train three of the best bird dogs around. When ever he would reminisce about those days you could see the passion in his eyes and a smile return to his face.

Now he is in a better place, walking the fields of god with his old 12ga. Lafever and saying get ready dad, there on point again!
Thank you Brother for all that you did for me.  
Rest In Peace!