Correct rifle cover for rev war period

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  1. May 29, 2019 #1

    Kilted Cowboy

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    Wondering what would be HC for covering a long rifle.
    Something a Rev war militia rifleman would have used.
    I have seen the blanket covers, and the leather covers with fringes.
    Not sure what would have been used at the time if anything.
     
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    The only thing I know of that is well documented for a Long Rifle was a "Cow's Knee." This was a leather or painted fabric covering that enclosed the lock area and around the barrel down to where it was tied around to the bottom of the stock, but the rest of the rifle was exposed.

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    Ditto what Gus said. I have never seen a period reference to a "gun case." Cow's knee: absolutely.
     
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    I do not recall ever seeing a period reference to gun covers either military or civilian from that period. The "cows knee" lock cover, yes - but no whole gun covers.
     
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    Agree with all of the above. Never seen a reference to a longrifle case/cover. Nonetheless, I transport mine in a blanket cover. I take it off when I get to the reenactment and put it back in the cover when I load it in the car for the ride home. I don't use it during reenactments but it only makes sense to protect it in transit.

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    "Unique Cases" in West VA makes an excellent soft case & go up to musket lengths. Padded black nylon - hardly PC but great for transport.
     
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    Some years later guns were sold with a woolen case. A woolen sock makes a lot of sense. The fringed leather was Indian and western
     
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    Thanks for the info.
    Will get a cows knee for woods and a blanket cover for transportation
     
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    This would have been a useful reply to Smokey Plainsman's inquiry about "Apartment transportation of longrifles.."

    I might quote it there if I can figure out how.
     
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    I would not bother. They are obviously rifle cases - good for protection from bumps & drizzle but not so much for hiding the fact that you are transporting a weapon.
     
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    Just tell 'em it's a big billiard cue stick.
     
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    Yeah they cut down on the dings on the stock when they are made of wool blanket.

    Remember, though that if they get damp from you covering the rifle as you walk in a heavy fog, or drizzle/rain, you are then holding the moisture against your barrel if kept this way for a time. So in damp conditions you are better off when you get to your tent, or into your car, uncasing the rifle/gun (assuming the tent is dry), and even wiping down the outside with something like WD-40 or better yet, Barricade. Otherwise when you get home and uncase the gun, you will find a good layer of rust.

    I always have a piece of dry painter's tarp in my camping/hunting car, so if the case gets wet I can travel without having the gun or rifle in a damp, wool or cotton case for a few hours as I drive home. I lay the dry tarp over-top, of the uncased gun (as well as other equipment around it) to reduce the chance somebody in traffic on the highway will see the gun and over-react, not understanding it's a flintlock, and call John Law on me. ;)

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