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Iowa Grognard16 May 2011 7:50 p.m. PST

Here is my attempt to model this unit for BG Brandywine.


Gallowglass16 May 2011 8:03 p.m. PST

Very nice indeed.

Dan Beattie16 May 2011 8:55 p.m. PST

Do rifles have bayonets?

Glengarry16 May 2011 9:28 p.m. PST

Baker rifles did, I think most military rifles in Europe could accomadate a bayonet or sword bayonet but it seems less common amongst American troop. As late as the War of 1812 American Rifle regiments were without bayonets.

Fat Wally17 May 2011 3:24 a.m. PST

Ferguson invented the breech loading rifle his corps used. I seem to recall it couldn't take a bayonet.

Iowa Grognard17 May 2011 3:55 a.m. PST

When I was attempting to research the rifle, every example I found was able to take a kind of sword bayonet. It was rather long and specially weighted to double roles from what I've read. However I cannot speak on how accurate most of these sources were. The one I put the most stock in was a picture of the rifle which Ferguson gave to Fredrick De Peyster. The bayonet blade appears almost as long as the rifle barrel and the socket and blade appear different than others.

Fat Wally17 May 2011 4:21 a.m. PST


Frederick Supporting Member of TMP17 May 2011 5:17 a.m. PST

Look pretty good!

GiloUK17 May 2011 5:18 a.m. PST

I think are perfect – excellent work!

John the OFM17 May 2011 6:25 a.m. PST

From what I have read, the Ferguson rifle COULD take a bayonet.
It's a nice little unique unit, with fast loading rifles able to defend itself with bayonets. Luckily for the Yankees, there is only one of them.

Great minds must think alike, since I have used the same figures and paint scheme.
I don't remember reading any information on the uniform, so I took two blisters of the Perry figures I had hanging around and decided to paint them green.
Seeing yours makes me think that maybe I did read about green jackets somewhere. grin

Personal logo Der Alte Fritz Sponsoring Member of TMP17 May 2011 8:42 a.m. PST

Nice work Iowa Grognard! That inspires me to paint some of my Fife & Drum British Light Infantry as Ferguson's Rifles. Great idea.

Fat Wally17 May 2011 8:51 a.m. PST

I am now sifting through my spare 15mm Peter Pig castings with the same idea.


I want some now, and I don't even do AWI.

AICUSV17 May 2011 1:55 p.m. PST

Here is a write up about the repro rifle Bayonet is a yes.
'In March 1777, Pattie and his corps sailed on the Christopher to New York, where they arrived on 26 May. The experimental field piece blew up in its first test, having been sent out with the wrong size of ammunition. However, the corps – uniformed in the green cloth which had been sent out with them – saw some action in New Jersey. They took part in the expedition to the Chesapeake, where Howe, a light infantry enthusiast, was impressed with them. He assured Pattie that he intended to expand the rifle corps. Unfortunately, events at Brandywine on 11 September 1777 ended these prospects." – link

"Pattie" is Major PATRICK FERGUSON

vtsaogames17 May 2011 6:11 p.m. PST

Very nice work. I hadn't realized Ferguson was so badly wounded at Brandywine.

abdul666lw19 May 2011 4:11 a.m. PST

Funcken gives a folding bayonet to the 'officer pattern' Ferguson rifle?

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