Help support TMP


"Mexican Revolution Carrying Carbine/Rifle Mounted" Topic


3 Posts

All members in good standing are free to post here. Opinions expressed here are solely those of the posters, and have not been cleared with nor are they endorsed by The Miniatures Page.

For more information, see the TMP FAQ.


Back to the Early 20th Century Painting Guides Message Board

Back to the Early 20th Century Discussion Message Board



568 hits since 20 May 2015
©1994-2017 Bill Armintrout
Comments or corrections?

Botch B20 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

Revolutionaries:

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?

Thanks

Mike B

mex10mm Inactive Member20 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 B23 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?

Sorry - only verified members can post on the forums.