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The Great War . Equipment, You will need to consider what to get for your impression

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THE RIFLEMAN OF 1916
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IN 1908 MILLS WEBBING EQUIPMENT
The Soldier of 1916
 
Here we have a Rifleman of 1916, he has the full 1908 Mills webbing equipment, a MkII Brodie steel helmet in cover, and PX Gas Hood in its bag.  His weapon is the Short, Magazine Lee-Enfield, with 1907 long sword.
 A fully equiped member would look like this.

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The Territorial Soldier 1908 - 1916
 
This is a cheaper kit option, as the Territorial soldier was equiped with the 1903 Bandolier equipment, most of which is still readily avialable.  His rifle is the obsolete Long, Lee-Enfield, with short sword.  As these rifles are now rare and subisquently exspensive, you may use the SMLE.

There are some good choices available.

The Standard Uniform
 
All these kit variations go with the standard Service Dress uniform.  This consists of Tunic, Trousers, Putties, belt, and head dress.  There are variations in the belt and head dress that can be worn with Service Dress.

The new recruit is advised not to purchase anything without reference to the senior members first.  Not only will they advise you on the correct kit, they will also know who is producing to an acceptable high standard and for a good price.  Talking before you buy will save disappointment, and wasted money!

Although we would like our members to have a complete Service Dress within one year of membership, we do not force new memebers to aquire kit faster than their circumstances will allow. We will always understand if things are proving difficult.

 We hope that our member will get great enjoyment and benifit from The Rifles.  Make new friends, visit new and intersting places, and as confidence and knowledge grows inform and interact with the public.  Aboved all to honour the memory and keep alive the traditions of the RIFLEMAN

THREEE TYPES OF EQUIPMENT. 1908 WEBBING left
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1914 PATTERN LEATHER, center, and 1903 BANDOLIER right

RIFLEMEN, a true Band of Brothers!
&
 A GREAT BUNCH OF FRIENDS!!

Dedicated to the history of the
BRITISH RIFLEMAN