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Botch B Inactive Member20 May 2015 4:20 a.m. PST

A bit beardy I know but I am trying to do some models of revolutionary cavalry and have realised I do not have a proper handle on this.

I have been studying photos, and my conclusions are that

Federale cavalry:

a) invariably carry the carbine slung diagonally across the back over the left shoulder.
b) They also appear to have always carried a sabre too, from the waistbelt.
c) They do not appear to be armed with a pistol.
d) ammunition is carried in pouches rather than bandoleers


a) never carry the carbine/rifle slung across the back, but always in a holster under the leg; sometimes butt forward, sometimes butt backwards; invariably on the right side but one photo has it under the left, butt forward.
b) occasionally officer carry a sabre, under the left leg
c) they are sometimes/often armed with a pistol, sometimes two
d) ammo is mostly carried in bandoleers, around the waist and across the body in both directions; one, two and three (most frequent), four and even five at a time

Can anybody add information, suggest corrections, point to photos of other methods, provide evidence which confirms or contradicts please?


Mike B

mex10mm20 May 2015 7:56 a.m. PST

For all I know, your observations are correct. In the Mexican Federal army pistols were only used by officers, never by troopers; on the other hand, the revolutionary forces had a large proportion of privately bought pistols.
Also some times revolutionary cavalry carried the carabin slung across the back because many of them were mounted infantry or "ex-federales".
Hope this helps.

Botch B Inactive Member23 May 2015 10:15 a.m. PST

mex10mm – thanks for the response, at least you have!

That said, I have yet to see a photo or written description of revolutionaries carrying the carbine/rifle across the back. This suggests, to me anyway, that even ex-Federales switched methods once they switched sides…or why don't they turn up in photos?

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