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York Ranger rifles

PostPosted: November 14th, 2017, 8:22 am
by jf42
Greetings, all.

Relaying an enquiry from elsewhere, is anyone able to advise on the model of rifle used by the York Rangers circa 1793-95, or indeed other j├Ąger in British service?

Re: York Ranger rifles

PostPosted: November 14th, 2017, 12:53 pm
by PaulD
Also posted on NSDF:

Hi JF
The Capitulation for the raising of Ramsay's York Rangers merely states that 'Each Soldier shall be Armed with a Rifle and sword Bayonet with the other Appendages thereunto belonging with Pouch & Cross Belts' (TNA: WO 24/1112 pp. 50-1)

The Baker rifle was only introduced in 1800. D.W. Bailey in 'British Military Longarms 1715-1865' refers to the lack of documentary information on riles in British service prior to that date (although he goes on to discuss the Ferguson rifle used in North America). He refers to the small independent foreign units in the 1790s - obviously including Ramsay's - being 'variously armed with Continental rifles mostly of German or Dutch manufacture' and notes that a few rifles of this type were also made by Birmingham gun makers. (p.67)

You may also find this of interest: http://95th-rifles.co.uk/equipment/baker-rifle/

Paul

Re: York Ranger rifles

PostPosted: November 14th, 2017, 2:28 pm
by jf42
Thanks, Paul, as per NSDF!