Equipment & Accoutrements
Of The Partisan Ranger



The Missouri Partisan Rangers, being a group formed by Missouri citizens, did not have the resources of Government issued equipment. Virtually everything they used was brought from home, or picked up after battles.

The following information and photographs provides some insight into the equipment used by the Partisan Ranger.



Photo © MPR Virtual Museum Collection
MOUNT. Most often the Rangers best friend. The Rangers superior horsemanship was unequaled. And their well trained mounts were essential to their successful operations.

© MPR Virtual Museum Collection
SADDLES. Normally a civilian or home style such as this high back.

© MPR Virtual Museum Collection
SPURS. Normally a civilian or home style such as this pair.

© MPR Virtual Museum Collection
HORSE BIT. This is a Confederate brass faced bit, found in Keytesville, Missouri.

© MPR Virtual Museum Collection
MODEL 1860 COLT ARMY. .44 Caliber. 6 shot. Extreme firepower. Most Rangers carried at least 4 or 5 handguns.

© MPR Virtual Museum Collection
REMINGTON NEW MODEL ARMY. .44 Caliber. 6 shot. Very sturdy and dependable. A deadly and accurate weapon.

© MPR Virtual Museum Collection
MODEL 1851 COLT navy. .36 Caliber. 6 shot. Many Rangers favored this weapon due to the lightness of the gun. Easy to handle, and very deadly.

© MPR Virtual Museum Collection
BOWIE KNIVES. Usually homemade or blacksmith made. Many Rangers had seen service in the Mexican war, and some brought bowies back from Mexico. A formidable and utilitarian weapon.

Private Collection
SLOUCH HAT. Civilian and very popular with Partisan Rangers. Comfortable and provided protection from rain, etc. Bill Anderson wore a slouch hat almost identical to this one.

Private Collection
SHIRT. Civilian and usually homespun from cotton or wool. The Ranger wore clothes brought from home as well as clothing supplied by patriot Missouri citizens.

Private Collection
TROUSERS. Civilian and usually homespun from cotton or wool. As with the shirts, these were home clothes as well as from Missouri citizens.



               









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