Austrian Arms

Austrian arms play a major part in American History as many thousands were imported by the North and South during the Civil War. Many of these were the earlier console tube locks which were easily converted to percussion by adding a drum and nipple. These Console and Augustin locks can be easily fired today by laying a musket cap upside down in the channel and closing the latch around it. The firing anvil will easily set them off. We wish to thank John Hakes, Terry Kirkpatrick, Kurt Gubert, Stephen Weber and John Furman for their help with these weapons.

Austrian Jagers

The history of the Austrian Jagers starts in the 18th Century, when other European military powers didn’t even think about havingĹnpecialist troopnĹfor the “small war” or “guerrilla” as it translates in Spanish. The Balkans, with the military (Granitza) between the West and the Ottoman Empire, provided ample occasion for this kind of warfare. The vital task was laid upon local militia, soon to be organized in regiments, the famous “Grenzers”. The system was meant to be autonomous, the soldiers being farmers and vice versa. Having to defend their own homes against constant raids by marauding enemy cavalry turned these men into real specialist. This was their tribute for the farmland they received, but these regiments also had to provide troops for the regular army in operation theaters outside their own homeland. The role they played during Austria’s wars with Prussia was unanimously regarded as very important, the Grenzers being able to threaten almost all lines of communication and supply, and providing a formidable foe on the battlefield itself, by being able to make the best use of terrain features. The instructions for the Jager Battalions clearly stated that unnecessary fights should be avoided. The Jagers were not supposed to do the job of the line infantry.

The uniform of the Jagers was partly based on traditional patterns, as the hunting garments in Austria (also today) were often gray with green ornaments. This combination does not appear to provide much camouflage at first sight, but tests made by the British army during Napoleonic period to show the effects of different colored targets on the number of hits scored by sharpshooters clearly gave the grey color an advantage even over green.

1807 Austrian Jagerstutzen (781)

1807 Jagerstutzen Type II Conversion Parts (932)

1807-35 Jagerstutzen with Console Lock (799)

1850 Datiert Jagerstutzen (800)

1844 Kammerbuchse (801)

1849 Kammerbuchse (802)

1852 Austrian Kammerbuchse (802 B)

1854 Dorn-Stutzen (804)

1854 & 1862 Jagerstutzen (Short Hunting Rifle) (761)

1854 & 1862 Extra Korps - Gewehr Lorenz (805)

1754 Austrian Musket (884)

1767 Austrian Musket (922)

1774 Austrian Model Musket (922 B)

1784 Austrian Model (921)

1798 Austrian Musket (885)

1828 Austrian Musket (886)

1842 Austrian Musket (887)

1854/67 Austrian Breechloading Rifle Wanzel Conversion (923)

1770 Dragoon Carbine (924)

1784 Marine Musketoon (925)

1798 Hussars Carbine (618)

1850 Gendarmerie Carbine (926)

1851 Kavalleriekarabiner (Cavalry Carbine) (803)

1854 & 1862 Lorenz infantry Rifle Musket (698)