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Muzzle-loader's miscellany; if you like black powder guns and nostalgia, these products are just for you!

Buckskinners and casual shirtsleeve shooters alike will be interested in the dandy offerings by Cash Manufacturing Co., Inc., 816 South Division St., Dept. GA, Waunakee, WI 58397, phone (608) 849-5664. Owned and operated by Tedd D. Cash, a highly skilled craftsman and avid black powder buff, Cash Manufacturing produces quality rifle parts and shooting hardware. While Tedd's products are primarily traditionally oriented, they appeal to non-traditionalists as well as historical purists, due to their handsome appearance and practical application to muzzle-loading shooting. Among some of Cash's interesting offerings are 1700-era-styled tinder boxes, a 1790 tobacco box (this is also handy for storing flints or other smallish objects), cap boxes, a colonial lantern kit, rifle inlays, escutcheons, side plates, and more. One of my favorite Tedd Cash items is his capper, which again is copied from a vintage original. It is easy to use, holds a generous supply (about 75) of both foreign and domestic rifle caps (you can mix them together), and unlike many items of any nature, it can be operated with gloves on. If you have not seen Cash Manufacturing's brochure, or any of their fine line of muzzle-loading hardware, drop them a line. Send $2 for his fully illustrated brochure; I know you'll see something you'll want.

Red River Duster

Red River, the Frontier Outfitters, is now offering an excellent copy of the 19th century horseman's duster. These long, lightweight coats were used by those who wanted to keep the trail dust off of their good suit clothes while riding horseback or in a horse-drawn vehicle. Jesse James and his band wore long dusters over their suits and guns when they rode into Northfield, Minnesota, during their ill-fated raid in that town in 1876. They were posing as respectable stock buyers and the long dusters added to their appearance as travelers while concealing their weaponry.

Red River's reproduction duster, patterned from an old original in their collection, is a 3/4-length white cotton coat with four large plastic (to simulate hard rubber) buttons, two good-sized patch pockets, a stand and fall collar and a deep split in the back of the duster to accommodate riding. Originally, dusters were made of a single layer of cotton or linen to keep them light weight, since the long coat's primary function was simply to keep dust off of one's suit clothes. Also, being loose in the shoulders, sleeves and chest area to accomodate a full suit of clothing underneath.

Unlike many other firms who have reproduced such garments in heavy canvas with corduroy trimmings (these are actually replicas of the old "range coats" worn by cowboys in cold country as a windbreaker), Red River has maintained the authentic looks and feel of their duster by making it out of lightweight cotton. The Red River horseman's duster could be just the ticket to add that bit of extra flair to any 1860 to 1900-period outfit. It is ideal for living history buffs who are depicting frontiersmen, tintype photographers, carriage or wagon teamsters and antique auto enthusiasts or any of a host of colorful old-timey characters. Red River's duster retails for $75 plus $3 for shipping and handling. They also have a fully illustrated catalog of frontier clothes and accessories.

This catalog, which sells for $3, contains an impressive selection of frontier items (some are ready-made and others are made-to-order) including Old West holsters and gunbelts, 1870s and 1880s U.S. Cavalry equipment, old-time cowboy gear and horse tack and plenty of other such interesting historical western Americana for the living history student. For the duster, or for the catalog, you can write to: Red River, 8348 Foothill Blvd., Dept. GA, Sunland, CA 91040. With Red River, you'll be the best dressed in the West!
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Author:Spangenberger, Phil
Publication:Guns & Ammo
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Date:Mar 1, 1985
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