Ken Tooke

About Ken Tooke

Ken is a graduate of The University of Texas with Bachelor of Arts Degrees in Archaeology and Cultural Anthropology. He also holds an Associate of Science Degree in Electronics and is a 12 year veteran of the United States Air Force. Married to the former Gretchen May Kimbro he has five children who bring much joy to his life.

Hear Ye! Gun Raffle Announced!

Patrick Henry Chapter # 11 Texas SAR 124th Conference

Gun Raffle March 29th – April 1st 2019

Loyalist Arms is proud to announce its new, 2nd model Brown Bess.

We decided that if we were going to produce a short land Bess, then we would have to start from scratch and copy originals, rather than using another reproduction to base our model on. Many of the repro. 2nd model Bess’ in the market place today, do not follow the same dimensions as the originals.

We have copied an original 1768 model from our own collection for a correct pattern.

The Short Land pattern, as the name suggests, is a shortened version of the 1756 Long Land model. Some slight modifications done to lighten and reduce the cost of producing this musket were as follows: Shorten the tang on the butt plate, reduce the amount of relief carving on the stock, shorten barrel & stock, and flatten the side plate. It is interesting to note that the Long Land was still produced in smaller quantities until 1790.  The Short Land was accepted by the ordinance board in 1768 and was issued, starting in 1769 until stocks ran out in the early 1800’s. This model was used from the mid-end of the AM. Revolution, right into the Napoleonic era.  The Short Land did not have as long a life span as the Long Land, as it was quickly superseded by the EIC model, (3rd model), Bess in 1793. The 1768 model Short Land, (2nd model), was modified slightly in 1777, due to demand during the American Revolution period, as Britain was fighting wars with several other nations at the same time. The British ordinance board decided not to have lock plates dated after 1764, so it would be nearly impossible to find a 2nd model with a dated lock.

Close up of lock area. You will notice that our model has no date stamped on the lock plate, as the originals. Correct style trigger guard, trigger and
frizzen spring are features of our model.

Left view, showing flat side plate and markings on barrel.

Barrel is 42″ long in .76 cal. We include a bayonets w. correct scabbards

Top view, showing simplified butt plate.
Caliber is .76, and barrel is 42 inch long.
O.A.L. length, approx. 57 3/4
Approx. weight 10 lbs, (like the originals).

Gun Raffle tickets go on sale at our annual George Washington Birthday Luncheon February 17th, 2018 drawing will be held Mar. 30th 2019

Tickets are $5 ea. Or 5 for $20

January 2018 Meeting

Compatriots and Friends,

We had our first chapter meeting of the new year this past Saturday and like most January meetings the attendance was mall, however the camaraderie was outstanding!

We started our meeting with our guest Ruth Garza, who won an Brown Bess musket in a raffle by one of our brother chapters in Georgia.  We are all jealous of that musket Ruth!  Congratulations!

Ruth with her musket and past Presidents Jim Nelson and Henry Shoenfelt with current President Jim Clements

Unlike past meetings this month instead of a speaker we had a round-table discussion on the question: “Briefly describe how researching your family ancestors has altered, changed, or reinforced your view of history?”  Several of our members spoke up on how their searches for ancestors highlighted the many ways their last names were variously spelled and not to give up your search, but to think how the name may have been either misheard, misspelled, or otherwise just plain wrong, don’t give up!

We also inducted two new members into our chapter.  Lew and Hunter Hodge.  Thank you both for your interest in our fine society and we look forward to seeing you both at future meetings.

New Members Hunter Hodge and Lew Hodge with Ken Tooke and Jim Clements

Next month we will not be having our normal meeting as is our custom to celebrate George Washington’s Birthday at Chateau Bellevue with out other SAR and DAR chapters.  This years speaker is Retired General  Juan Ayala.  I’ll be posting more information an the luncheon shortly.