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Where to Buy a Soldier's Uniform from the 18th Century

Where to Buy a Soldier's Uniform from the 18th Century

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  1. Royal Blue Traders ( owned by Ian Graves is a custom tailor of 18th century uniforms and general men's clothing. He has extensive historical knowledge and craftsmanship. And has also been a member of the hobby for over a decade and was actually a former member of the 10th regiment of Foot and current field commander of the French unit Le Règiment Bourbonnais. (

  2. That isn't a uniform. It's a costume. And it doesn't matter what "quality" your replica musket is. What are you talking about how many minutes of angle that thing holds? You're shooting blanks at your ridiculous friends. You aren't even firing live ammunition. Literally the only "quality" that matters is that it doesn't create a product liability lawsuit by blowing up in your face.

    Also, you aren't part of a "regiment". It's a club – and a rather ridiculous one at that. I belonged to the "Magnificent" 7th Marine Regiment (Reinforced). That is a regiment. An actual military organization commanded by an actual military officer that does things (though usually not on a regimental level) like training and deployments. Not, you know, playing dress-up and looking like a jackass, which is what you're doing.

  3. As an American myself, if you're interested in reenacting, just do the American Civil War. Revolutionary reenactments are usually not as popular or as heavily populated. I live in Florida, which of course was not a major front. But even Florida reenactments dwarf Revolutionary stuff that i have seen in Virginia. If you're interested, it's best to be a Confederate. Thats not for political reasons, but more as an economic reason. Confederate units can basically where whatever they want (as long as it suits the period.) Meaning that you could wear a simple cloth shirt, suspenders, grey wool pants, and literally be barefoot. Just get a gun and bayonet/hat and you're solid. Union men however tend to spend more money due to the extra uniform requirements. If you're in the south, it's better to be a Rebel anyway because of the heat, which is why i mentioned the lack of clothing needed. Keeps you cooler.

  4. Are you from America? I can't seem to find any good re enactment groups in the UK. If you can can you give me any names of re enactment groups?

  5. Now that I know when he isn't wearing his glasses. He's as blind as I am. Just makes these videos even more impressive.

  6. Brandon's advice is pertinent for whatever period you reenact. Yes there are websites out there that can offer a near complete solution but caveat emptor, will the group you join think that the kit you just spent (probably) thousands on is suitable or not? Location and rationale also matters. For example I have a small collection of 15th century kit (when I say small I can refurnish my house) anyway every piece, every single item is based on either artefacts or from images from the era. (Or as near as damit) also I only ever went to the best, a good place to start is the Original Reenactors Market or TORM look it up on google.

  7. Brandon please when you are using your fingers to signify numbers do not do it with the back of your hand pointing to the reciever, especially the number two, as this is offensive to Brits.
    If you go to Starbucks wearing that uniform you will be accused of ye stolene valour.

  8. Being a reenactor 101 First step, also the most important step. You gotta have a lot of money, if ya poor your never being a reenactor, step 2 Patience, but my lads the first step is most important.

  9. Oh just time travel back to the 18th century, and then enlist of any war of your choosing. And assuming you do not die, after the war you have your uniform. That is how I got mine. Oh wait that was a dream.

  10. They had a similar show on The History Channel (before it became filled with alot of reality nonesense) called "The History of the Gun". It depicted antique firearms and man those weapons are expensive. I think those Civil War re-enactment performers goes through the same way with the exception that some of the weapons aren't too expensive depending on where to shop.

  11. Is it okay if I am a 9 year old kid to join? I could be a drummer boy and I when I grow up I can carry a Brown Bess.

  12. I think it might be of interest to do a video comparing the uniform and weaponry of the Revolutionary War era British soldiery with earlier periods going back through the French and Indian War, King George's War, Queen Anne's War and King William's War through the New Model Army period.

  13. What did you do in your re-enacting regiment before you got your musket? I don’t own a musket (or have near enough money to get one lol) and I’m a relatively new to reenacting. I’ve re-enacted in a couple events as a civilian away from my re-enactment regiment and enjoyed it, but would love to participate with the regiment in a battle or drill. I have read about Militia men drilling with sticks or crude spears because of lack of supplies, but this is almost unheard of in Battle (Id also stick out like a sore thumb from the rest of the group). Thank you for making these videos!

  14. Do note when it comes to trousers make sure they appear to have a slim fit, fit but the regular flexibility.

  15. That looks like a 1st Regiment of Grenadier Foot Guards Sergeant Major uniform or Guardsman because the bearskin and the black coat.

  16. Our unit has never had any problem with Indian muskets, which are very commonly used in the UK. Maybe they send worse examples to the USA? It's certainly important to speak to the unit before you start to collect kit. Ours issues full kit where needed – and being a militia unit, some of what we do, wear and carry is at odds with the "regulars".

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