Rogers Rangers Redux

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Robert Rogers distilled lessons in warfare and fieldcraft into something still taught in light infantry and SOF units today. So what would a modern shooter from Rogers Rangers look like today? We reckon maybe he'd look like what you see on this ranger shirt. 

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The frontiersmen and scouts trained by Robert Rogers were asymmetrical warfare experts before there even was a Continental Army (and long before anyone coined the term Asymmetrical Warfare). Once the Continental Army was established, many of those in its original 10 Rifle Companies were veterans of Roger's Rangers.

The original Roger's Rangers were obviously limited in their equipment and weaponry. Those of today have far more impressive tools this is why our Roger's Ranger Returned is rocking SKD PIG gloves, a MK17 with Elcan Spector and PEQ15 as well as assorted other gear and the mandatory tomahawk of course!

Robert Rogers

Considered to be the father of modern light infantry, Ranger, and Ranger-like units, Robert Rogers is one of the most oft-quoted and widely studied small unit leaders in history.

"My Lord, this Gentleman has been known to me since 1755, when finding him an Active man I raised him to the rank of  Provincial Officer and employed him on Scouting service there being very few people than to be had fit for the purpose, he has since been advanced by several of the Commanders In Chief for his alertness in that way."

Letter to the Earl of Shelburne from Sir William Johnson on the recruitment of Robert Rogers as a scout, October 26, 1767

Robert Rogers _ Rogers Rangers t shirt

"...Rogers practiced--and largely invented--a new form of deep woodland warfare, innovating and synthesizing techniques and tactics as he went...[He taught his soldiers] not to fight with lash-taught resolution but to think for more than themselves--a shattering break with past European practices. From the woods of New England emerged...a motivator of warriors as individuals, who could draw them far beyond their perceived abilities." John F. Ross, War on the Run

 

Rogers Rangers

"In general, when pushed upon by the enemy, reserve your fire till they approach very near, which will then put them into the greater surprise and consternation, and give you an opportunity of rushing upon them with your hatchets and cutlasses to the better advantage."

Robert Rogers Plan of Discipline c. 1756 (Journals of Major Robert Rogers) 

Rogers Rangers of the French & Indian War period, from a painting by Don Troiani

French & Indian War era Rogers’ Rangers, Private c. 1758, in a painting Don Troiani. 

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Queen's Rangers

The Queen's Rangers, a contemporary evolution of Roger's Rangers, were one of the Loyalist regiments raised during the American Revolutionary War. Raised in part by Major Rober Rogers, the unit was later commanded by John Graves Simcoe (which is why they were informally referred to as "Simcoe's Rangers"). 

A current formation of the Canadian Army, and of course of the US Army, as well as the Defence Forces of Ireland, are directly descended from the original Roger's Rangers and subsequent Queen's Rangers. To wit:

75th Ranger Regiment

Queen's York Rangers

Army Ranger Wing (Sciathán Fiannóglaigh an Airm)

Note: Fianóglach = Ranger

Robert Rogers homage: Rogers Rangers and Queen's Rangers


This shirt is printed on Bella Canvas 3001

• 100% combed and ring-spun cotton (Heather colors contain polyester)
• Ash color is 99% combed and ring-spun cotton, 1% polyester
• Heather colors are 52% combed and ring-spun cotton, 48% polyester
• Athletic and Black Heather are 90% combed and ring-spun cotton, 10% polyester
• Heather Prism colors are 99% combed and ring-spun cotton, 1% polyester
• Fabric weight: 4.2 oz (142 g/m2)
• Pre-shrunk fabric
• Shoulder-to-shoulder taping
• Side-seamed

Size guide

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Length (inches) 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34
Width (inches) 16 ½ 18 20 22 24 26 28 30