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Flintlock muskets
07 Jan 2017 / Nino /

Here is the master of a French trade gun (Fusil de Chasse), made of balsa wood, A+B putty, lead foil, styrene sheet, and sewing pins for the barrel and ramroad. Below is a white-metal casting of the same.

Since the lock is the most complex part of the musket, I have used locks removed from scrap Fusil de Chasse castings to build the masters of other muskets, here a French military musket M1728 and a British Brown Bess. The stocks are cut from a piece of styrene sheet. For the barrels I used tiny brass tubes, while the ramrods are sewing pins. The bayonets are detachable, allowing to use the same musket master for figures with and without fixed bayonets.

The Fusil the Chasse, manufactured in Tulle, France, from the early 1700s to 1741, typifies the firearm favored by Canadian Militiamen and  Coureurs des Bois, and traded to the many native nations in the French sphere of influence. A hunting or sporting gun, it was shorter and lighter than its military counterparts, yet sturdy and dependable. Its overall length was about 1.49 m, and had no bayonet.

The French Charleville M1728 flintlock musket (overall length 1.59 m) was the standard French infantry weapon in the War of the Austrian Succession (1740-1748). It was slightly modified in 1746, and was later replaced by the M1754 musket used in the Seven Years War (1756-1763).

The Brown Bess musket shown here is the Long Land Service musket (overall length 1.60 m) fitted with iron or brass furniture. This was the standard infantry shoulder weapon of the British Army from the 1720s to the mid 1750s, when it was replaced by the shorter Marine Pattern.

I am also planning to produce the master of a French Charleville M1717 military musket. Still used in the 1740s, this was the first standardized musket in the French service, an outstanding weapon that set the standard for many decades to come and was copied by most European armies, for which it can be used with minor variations.