Question of the Day/Night: What’s a Rifle Cuff?

When I cruise through YouTube videos on your behalf, I search for a key word by upload date (only the freshest fodder for TTAG readers). YouTube lumps in non-firearms videos with gun videos in the resulting list—if the non-ballistic video has the word “gun” or “rifle” in the description (e.g. “jump the gun”). All of which is a suitably long-winded way of telling you how I arrived at this video showing, of all things, shirts. Seems that the shifty-eyed male model on the left is wearing a shirt with “rifle cuffs” (1:02). I’ve Googled the term and came up with some pages on 18th century rifleman’s clothing. But no explanation of the rifle cuff’s origins¬†per se. Little help? Meanwhile, did you know . . .

that the row of buttons on a dress jacket’s sleeve were put there to stop soldiers from wiping their noses on the sleeve? They started on the inside of the sleeve, then migrated to a more practical and stylish position on the outside of the wrist.

I need a life.


About Robert Farago

Robert Farago is the Publisher of The Truth About Guns (TTAG). He started the site to explore the ethics, morality, business, politics, culture, technology, practice, strategy, dangers and fun of guns.

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