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A musket is a muzzle-loaded, smoothbore firearm, fired from the shoulder. Muskets were designed for use by infantry. A soldier armed with a musket had the designation musketman or musketeer.
The musket replaced the arquebus, and was in turn replaced by the rifle (in both cases, after a long period of coexistence). The term "musket" is applied to a variety of weapons, including the long, heavy guns with matchlock, wheel lock or flint lock and loose powder fired with the gun barrel resting on a stand, and also lighter weapons with a snaphance, flintlock, or caplock and bullets using a stabilizing spin (Minié ball), affixed with a bayonet.
The musket first made its appearance when a specialist class of troops armed with a heavy version of the arquebus called a musketin was introduced to support the arquebusiers and pikemen in the Spanish tercios. By the end of the 17th century, a lighter version of the musket had edged out the arquebus, and the addition of the bayonet edged out the pike, and almost all infantry became musketeers.
In the 18th century, improvements in ammunition and firing methods allowed rifling to be practical for military use, and the term "rifled gun" gave way to "rifle". In the 19th century, rifled muskets (which were technically rifles, but were referred to as muskets) became common, combining the advantages of rifles and muskets. About the time of the introduction of cartridge, breechloading, and multiple rounds of ammunition just a few years later, muskets fell out of fashion.
Musket calibers ranged from 0.50 to 0.75 in (13 to 19 mm). A typical smooth bore musket firing at a single man-sized target was only accurate to about 40 to 50 yd (37 to 46 m) using the military ammunition of the day, which used a much smaller bullet than the musket bore to compensate for accumulation of ash in the barrel under battlefield conditions. Rifled muskets of the mid-19th century, like the Springfield Model 1861, were significantly more accurate, with the ability to hit a man sized target at a distance of 500 yards (460 m) or more. The advantage of this extended range was demonstrated at the Battle of Four Lakes, where Springfield Model 1855 rifled muskets inflicted heavy casualties among the Indian warriors before they could get their smooth bore muskets into range. However, in the Italian War of 1859, French forces were able to defeat the longer range of Austrian rifle muskets by aggressive skirmishing and rapid bayonet assaults during close quarters combat.
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I have a replica 1700s Tanegashima match lock musket. I believe it is made by Dixie Gun Works. It is missing the ramrod and the trigger guard.
Now the story on this thing... I had received a call at the shop that I work at about someone trying to find a new home...
Would like to find a decent used or like new Parker Hale England 1853 Enfield 3 band musket or Whitworth rifle
These were made in the 1970's in England
Have cash ready to go for the right gun(s)
If you have one that you no longer use or want , let me know
My email is N870(at)Hotmail(dot)com
I bought this gun several years ago and it was my go to for hunting Deer and Elk when I was younger. It has always treated me great and the nipples are easily changeable. I currently have a No. 11 nipple installed. This muzzleloader has been very dependable and would be a great starter for...
up for sale is a wonderful piece of early american history and civil war history. It is an 1823 Springfield flintlock, that was converted into a caplock for use in the civil war. I was told, when I bought it, that it was a "dropped" recovery. Now this gun is sturdy, but does have its...
I have a couple of guns I am helping a friend sell, but not sure if they are actually worth anything.
1st gun - Hopkins and Allen XL3 32 - very bad condition -
I found a couple others and one that looked the same in perfect condition with the box went for $485 at Rock Island Armory (forgotten...
So, I was out on the coast last week to handle a family matter I do almost every May. It involves cleaning up and placing flowers on gravestones. Fortunately, I was staying at a casino, so booze and blackjack followed. I don't, generally, watch television, but between the somber, serious work...
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I know, some guys were very accurate with their muskets. 200 yds. But not MOST. Given a militia, which would be the better arm?
Up for sale is a mixed parts working Black Powder Rifle. The stock appears to be a reproduction. The Barrel is from the late 1800's with very strong rifling, fitting snugly in the stock. Stamped on the barrel is J.H. Johnston Great Western Gun Works Pittsburgh, PA. The lock, hammer, butt plate...
I have this Armi Sport .58 musket that’s looking for a new home. This is an Enfield 1853 clone none the less a very neat gun.
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I have an upcoming trip to pay for and plenty of AR-15's. This is one of my 3-gun setups back in the day. It is a Primary Weapons Systems Modern Musket. I am the original owner and bought it after having a factory tour with them. It is very well made and the fit and finish is the...
The M1777 Charleville was the AR15 of the 18th century, and stood as the pinnacle of that era's weapons technology. France was foremost in the field of standardized parts, with the British Empire flagging far behind with their iconic, economical "Brown Bess" (the Brown Bess is no slouch however...
Not much to say about these, they were an experiment with MKS. While the guns themselves were perfectly serviceable, me and the owners of the factory did not click, and I moved onto a superior alternative. All five are functional and proofed by IOF, all five have bayonets and scabbards, and all...
I recently came across a blunderbuss rifle at an estate sale, and I am looking to sell it in the near future. After doing some research, I've found that most muzzle loaders of this make and model are relatively hard to find - and expensive. This particular piece is in excellent condition, and...
The only musket caps I can seem to find anywhere locally are the CCI 0301's. They used to label these for re-enactment use. They now label them as "multiple use" good for live fire and then say also good for re-enactment in tiny print on the back of the package.
Some say they work fine...