Basic Uniform- to be acquired within 1 year.
Hat- 1883/89 Style, "Trooper" River Junction
Hat Brass-'C'-item CW10, crossed rifles- available from Steve Beaver after joining the unit.
Shirt- 1883/89 Wool, Federal Blue Long Sleeved- River Junction Trading Co.
Trousers- 1885/88 Wool, Infantry Style. - Quartermaster Shop or AEF Supply
Leggings- Ml894 Style
Shoes- Plain Black style, Preferred are- Ml892 style by Missouri Shoe and Boot Co.
Suspenders - The Quartermaster Shop
Rifle and Cartridge Belt
Krag Rifle (Infantry Style) Of Ml892, Ml896, or Ml898- Local gun shop or Gun shows.
Sling,- Military leather style with one Trifoil-M1887- S&S
Bayonet and Scabbard - Paul Milbury or Local Gun or Military Show.
Cartridge Belt- Ml894 Style (is the only accepted style)-James Kanne
Blank Cartridges-.30/40 Krag. - Blanks can be purchased from Steve
Basic Field Gear- by end of the second year.
Canteen- Ml 878 Style- cover, insulator and long black leather strap- Frazer Bros.
Canteen Cover-Ml878 style-if you have a CW canteen get the cover and strap-Steve Davis
Haversack- M- 1890 Style
Slings- for Canteen and Haversack
Rifle Breech cover- for your Krag
Tin Cup-Ml885 Style- F. Burgess or Frazer Bros.
Mess Kit- MI878 Style or pre 1918 type. Gun Show or Military Show
Mess Utensils-MI874 style or WWI Style-CH29-Knife, CH32 Fork, CH-33 Spoon S&S
Bivouac Gear- to be acquired as situation permits.
Shelter half - CW style from Blockade Runner
End piece for above- Blockade Runner
Pins and Poles - Made after Quartermaster Pattern
Rope- 6' section of cotton rope- Not Clothes line rope.
Blanket- 1878 Style - Gray in color- U.S. in center-we have stencils
Poncho- CW style from Blockade Runner
Blouse- M1883- 5 button Style from Quartermaster shop
Belt- Ml874 Style-we make them
Buckle-MI874 item #BB36 from S&S
McKeever Cartridge Box- Frazer Bros. or S&S
Forage Cap-MI885- source being located at this time
Hat Brass for above- same as for 83/89 hat.
It is recommended that new members strive to acquire the basic uniform first. Several members have spare cartridge belts and some weapons for loan at local events. A period of 2 years is allowed to obtain the Basic Unifoms and Equipment.
Because of the availability of the correct M1894 .30/40 cartridge belt is somewhat delayed, more readily available Milts belts will be permitted. Likewise the preferred shoe is the M1892 Style Boot, any plain black style is permitted - No wingtips.
An ultimate goal of all members should be to acquire the Garrison Uniform- However this is an option not a requirement.
Some equipment can be obtained from Paul Milbury. He has been helpful in obtaining Bayonets, cleaning rods, oilers etc. Contact him with your needs.
Because 100% authenticity is our unit's goal we recommend the following Sutlers
Call 860-886-1850 6:00 PM to 9 PM Eastern time
River Junction Trade Co.
312 Main St. Box 275 Mc Gregor, Iowa 52157 catalog is $10.00
Paul Milbury-Military historical Arms and Antiques
6912 San Fernando Rd. Glendale, CA 91201
James Kanne-Eureka Arsenal
P.O. Box 1391 Benicia, CA 94510-4391 707-751-1900
1029 Bell Buckle Rd. Wartrace, TN. 37183 615-389-6294
15314 Iris Ln- Dumfries, VA- 22026 703 590-4960 evenings (shipping of blanks is no longer available)
5565 Griswold Road, Kimball, MI. 48074
74-11 MyrtleAve. Glendate, NY. 11385 718-497-1100
5501 So.Lamarr Dallas, TX 75206 214-696-1865