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Frontier Period / Re: Frontier Skils Group
« Last post by Le Loup on April 24, 2016, 11:06:23 PM »
No problem owning guns in Australia.
Really? Everything I have read says you have strict gun control down there. Or do you mean muzzleloaders??

Semi-autos are strictly controlled. All pistols including replica muzzle-loading pistols are strictly controlled & require registration, an "H" class license, & can only be used on an approved pistol club range. Different states have different legislation, but this is the case in NSW.
Regards, Keith.
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Frontier Period / Re: Frontier Skils Group
« Last post by Sturmkatze on April 24, 2016, 10:47:14 PM »
No problem owning guns in Australia.
Really? Everything I have read says you have strict gun control down there. Or do you mean muzzleloaders??
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Frontier Period / Re: Frontier Skils Group
« Last post by Le Loup on April 24, 2016, 10:30:39 PM »
No problem owning guns in Australia.
Keith.
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Frontier Period / Re: Frontier Skils Group
« Last post by Sturmkatze on April 24, 2016, 10:11:31 PM »
I thought you couldn't have guns down under??
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American Area / Re: Officers or not?
« Last post by Sturmkatze on April 24, 2016, 10:10:36 PM »
Some guys feel they should be an occifer. It's all ego... Most of them "just don't get it." Like dorks who wear modern glasses... especially in ancient impressions. I know a couple of Roman reenactors who just don't get that wearing glasses, ESPECIALLY modern glasses is wrongW@W
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American Area / Re: Officers or not?
« Last post by Viking1 on April 21, 2016, 04:23:18 PM »
I was more or less looking at the reenactor who plays a LT or Captain, and only wears the uniform of "X" unit, once a year for a city's parade, Veterans, or Memorial day.  And as a group they would put on a small presentation on how the unit operated....
 
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American Area / Re: Officers or not?
« Last post by Karl Helweg on April 21, 2016, 12:44:39 PM »
I like where you are going with that thought.  I met one Major/Colonel/General reenactor who was an E-4 kicked out due to morbid obesity and only got bigger.  He could not look or act like an officer.  He had to ride an ATV to the battles since he could not walk that far.  Just a worse case example.  Met a green beret MSG who portrayed an officer almost too well.

Oddly the question gets a little circular in some states like North Carolina: http://www.ncleg.net/EnactedLegislation/Statutes/PDF/ByChapter/Chapter_127A.pdf where some reenactor units are legally recognized as part of the state militia and, when possible, maintain their same ranks and chain of command.  One of my past "colonels" (nicest guy you ever met) was tickled to death when his governor recognized him formally as a colonel then was a little surprised to find out that he and his unit had effectively been "drafted" and the governor could call him in the event of a disaster that needed more volunteers.  So someone could potentially become a "real" officer by reenacting as one....

If any reenactor would feel more comfortable portraying an officer by becoming an officer first (I can see this) there are several paths open including http://www.gocivilairpatrol.com/ where any active adult member who serves can be awarded the rank of 2nd Lt in six months if they complete some basic course work.   Even these folks are serving more than many of our politicians. 
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Frontier Period / Re: test
« Last post by Karl Helweg on April 21, 2016, 12:22:05 PM »
Testing for what? 
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American Area / Officers or not?
« Last post by Viking1 on April 21, 2016, 11:51:46 AM »
I see a lot of WWII reenactor groups that feature members portraying military officers from from the ranks of Lieutenant to even a Field Marshal.  So my question is this.  Who can portray a military officer?  Does the part have to be portrayed by a retired or active duty military officer (either service), who wants to be in charge of a unit; or, can it be played by a civilian with no military experience, but is the officer in charge because he decided to form the unit?

So what is the real reenactor regulations on a person portraying an officer?
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American Area / boots and more boots
« Last post by Viking1 on April 21, 2016, 10:01:01 AM »
I see that there officers uniforms and officers boots, especially among the Cavalry members of WWII.  Were officers cavalry riding boots only for officers, or did NCO's who could afford a pair of officer riding boots buy them for themselves out of their own pocket?

I know that in WW1 better made sweaters for use by soldiers could be bought by anyone who wanted to spend a bit more money.  I also know that in our current mid-east conflicts that soldiers who wanted better armor could have friends of families purchase a set for them to use.  So I was wondering if the NCO's who did not like the standard issued smooth leather ankle boots and leggings, bought the more expensive and better made cavalry boots.
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