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!

May 30, 2018

What's in my Bag, part.2

 In the above two photos you can see what I carry when in the field. I was turkey hunting when I took these photos. Starting with, my bed roll. It's made up with a wool blanket covered with a small piece of oil cloth and carried with a leather tump-line. When sitting and watching for game I use the bed roll as a seat. With in climate weather I can use the blanket as a matchcoat and sit on the oil cloth. I also carry a light ax and a small canteen.

Here are the items that I carry in my shot bag. First my shot bag is 6" wide by 7" deep with a small inside pocket. Attached to the bag strap is a vent pick & brush. The powder measure is attached to the horn.
In the bag I carry a wood tompin, a cloth bag with some tow for wadding and cleaning. Also cleaning wires, foraged bore scraper and tow worm. In the small leather pouch are some extra flints, a very small striker and old musket flint and a few wooden toothpicks to plug the touch hole with. Also seen is a small wooden tube with shot cards a pouch with bird shot and a turkey call. In the small inside pocket is a turn screw and a leather ball pouch with seven 75cal. balls. To finish it off is my priming horn. The cow's knee is carried on the back of the shot bag. (see below photo)   

On my waist belt I have a leather bag that has a compass, small leather pouch for ID and and money. My belt knife and belt pouch.
In my belt pouch I have a hand full of tow for wadding and in this case because I was turkey hunting I had paper cartridges made up with the correct amount of shot I was using for hunting. A leather wallet for hunting tags. In the small front pocket there is a small flint wallet with two flints and a forged turn screw. I will set up my belt pouch with what I'm shooting for the day.
Lose ball or paper cartridges blank or live rounds or bird shot which I will remove from my shot bag and place it my belt pouch. It makes it easy for me in the field when loading.

As you can see in this past photo everything is pretty much the same. A few added things and the only thing removed is the copper tin. I found it makes it harder to ad something to the pouch because it doesn't compress. Also I went with a priming horn.