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!

October 14, 2021

My New 54 cal. Smothebore

I picked this gun up at a local shoot for a fair price. 
It's a nicely made 54cal. fowler, made by Jack DuPrey a well know Michigan gun maker.

Assorted Sheaths

Here are a few leather sheaths that I made up for customers  new blades and one replacement.

Shot Bag #76


Shot Bag #75


March 30, 2021

Shot Bag #74

                                                 Another shot bag is finished for a customer. 

It’s 7” at the opening and tapers out to 91/4” and is 8” deep with a 1” gusset. The inside pocket is 5” wide by 3” deep. The seams are all welted and everything is hand stitched. The flap is large enough to keep everything secured in the bag yet opens  wide enough to retrieve what you need. The strap is 1” wide with a iron buckle also added is a iron ring to the strap to carry a pick and brush.


March 10, 2021

Finished knife sheath for a customer.


Shot Bag # 73

                                                                                                                                                                          Sometimes I take a little time out and put together a shot bag that isn’t for a customer. This is small simple bag, 6” wide by 7” deep, small inside pocket, welted seam and I lined the flap and trimmed it out with a rolled edge. Add a copper button to hold the flap in place. The strap is 1” wide and fitted with a forged iron buckle. It’s all hand stitched, dyed a dark brown and treated with a bee’s wax and bear oil.

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.