Charleville Musket


Weight 10 lbs.
Length 60 inches
Caliber .69 musket ball
Action flintlock
Rate of fire 2-3 round/min
Effective range 100 to 200 yards max 50 to 75 effective

Tower or Brown Bess Musket


Barrel length; 46-inch (120 cm)
Overall length; 62.5-inch (159 cm)
Weight; 10.4 pounds (4.7 kg)
Cartridge 0.71 inches (18 mm) lead ball, undersized to reduce the effects of powder fouling.
Caliber 0.75 inches (19 mm)
Action Flintlock
Rate of fire User dependent; usually 3+ rounds a minute
Effective range Variable (50-100 yards)

Early Assembled Fowler/Musket, c. 1740


Length: 671⁄4"
Furniture: Brass/Iron
Barrel: 511⁄8", .71 cal.
Weight: 7.8 lbs.

The American stock mounts a bulbous Dutch lock, a convex French S-shaped iron sideplate, a cut-down British brass buttplate, an English trade pattern escutcheon and a crude locally cast brass trigger guard secured by four nails. A French pinned fowler barrel is stocked to the muzzle, indicating the early lack of socket bayonets. Its iron ramrod is held by three thimbles, of which the bottom one is an old Queen Anne ribbed pattern, and the others simple rolled sheet brass.

Club Butt Country Fowler, c. 1715-1750


Length: 60"
Furniture: Brass/Iron
Barrel: 45", .70 cal.
Weight: 7.5 lbs

Its stock is the popular civilian club butt form, but the non-essential buttplate, escutcheon, sideplate, raised carving and bottom ramrod pipe are not included. The Queen Anne period, three-screw flat lock design with its reinforced cock has an unbalanced profile which suggests possible Colonist manufacture. An uneven, hand-forged iron trigger guard, however, is obviously American-made. The wooden rammer is secured in two upper, sheet-brass thimbles.

Early French Components, c. 1760-1780


Length: 63"
Furniture: Iron
Barrel: 47", .70 cal.
Weight: 9.2 lbs.

A French Model 1717 musket furnished most of the elements remounted on this American cherry stock. It might have been an arm captured during the Colonial Wars with French Canada, or an early arm among the foreign aid shipments during our Revolution. Included is the distinctive M. 1717 lock with its vertical bridle, a typical French flat S-shaped sideplate, a double-pointed trigger guard, a long butt tang, and a 47" barrel. The double-strap upper barrel band from a French Model 1754 musket had a cone-shaped ramrod pipe brazed to the bottom by the Colonists who were probably influenced by similar Spanish and Dutch designs. The provincial restocker also provided a New England petal-type raised carving around the barrel tang.

Miscellaneous Fowling Pieces

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