you're a reenactor, chances are you have a certain "persona"
that you hope to maintain, and if you're an exacting
reenactor, you want all your stuff to match that persona
too! Your clothes, your equipment, your tent, sometimes
even your haircut (though I wouldn't recommend that
personally - you're funny-lookin' enough already)! If
you're planning on adding a bandgun to that persona
we have plenty of different models to choose from to
best accessorize your person (Designer purses? Pfah!
We feel that dangerous weapons always make the best
Cossack? Dutch trader? Italian mercenary? Danish pirate?
French musketeer? Maybe you're a Polish Hussar, or even
an Ottoman Janissary? No matter what historical character
you emulate anachronistically, you can most likely find
a pistol or a carbine that will accomodate your persona.
browsing through our In Stock
listings I'm sure the first thing you're going to do
is locate your particular nationality and think about
selecting one of those guns. What if you don't like
those guns though? You probably have more options than
you thought, and can select outside the bounds of nationality
and still be perfectly period. Look through any of the
links on our Period Gun Sites section of our
Links page, especially the antique dealers and auction
sites, you'll notice that a great deal of the designs
are very similar. Period gunsmiths often worked from
similar designs, especially those gunsmiths in similar
geographic locations. Many English and French guns,
for example, are very similar. Dutch and German guns
share a lot of similarities, Italian and Swiss, Swiss
and German, etc. Do a little bit of visual gun research
and you'll see what I mean.
did your persona do in period? Where did they go in
their travels? Who did they war against? Trade with?
It's fairly well-known that one of the biggest spoils
of war was, well, spoils! Fallen enemy carried a myriad
of useful gear, all of which your persona would have
picked through for coveted treasure in armor and weapons
and other essential (and valuable) gear. Trade routes
are important to think about as well. Guns were major
trade goods in the bad ol' days, and if a Dutch trader
landed in your harbor, carrying a crate of German guns
that he bought from a French smuggler... well I think
you see where I'm going with this.
sure, thank you for asking. I'll point you in a couple
of directions. If you want something modern and compact
look at guns like our English
Flintlock, or our Italian
Snaphaunce. They're good designs, and are fairly
ubiquitous as far as European guns go.
you want something longer, preferably in the line of
a cavalry holster pistol, take a look at our Dutch
Wheel Lock and our English
Cavalry Pistol. Like the previous pistols, these
are fairly common designs overall, and fir the persona
of your average European horseman.
you're a pirate. Well then I think the French
Naval Flintlock is a perfect choice, or the English
Flintlock, or the Small
Spanish Miquelet. Those are fairly standard piratey
guns. Of course, you might not be the typical seen-one-you-seen-'em-all
Johnny Depp Disney Pirate. Take a look at the Ottoman
Rat-Tailed Flintlock, or the standard Spanish
European? Look at our German, Swiss and Dutch guns,
as well as our Italian
a pair of duelling pistols? Can't go wrong with the
or the English Dueller.