Below is a list of basic uniform parts and leather goods that we
recommend for the new recruit as well as for our seasoned
veterans. While it may appear to be overly expensive hobby to
start as a new recruit, remember that not all the parts listed
below need to be purchased at once. Also, once you have
all your equipment, your future reenacting expenses are minimal.
For new recruits with a limited budget we would recommend
purchasing the basic uniform parts first. The leather goods,
while important, can wait. The prices vary widely for all these
items depending on quality, authenticity, and the maker's pricing
policy. High priced items are not necessarily better, but you do
get what you pay for. You can frequently get higher quality items
on sale for no more than you'd pay for a lesser item.
Before you buy any of your equipment, always consult with an experienced
comrade. Plus, we often have extra uniform parts and equipment
within Brady's which might be less expensive than buying them elsewhere.