Brown Bess is a nickname for the British Army's Land Pattern Musket and its derivatives. It was in use for over a hundred years with many incremental changes in its design. These versions include the Long Land Pattern, Short Land Pattern, India Pattern, New Land Pattern Musket, Sea Service Musket and others. The Long Land Pattern musket and its derivatives, all 0.75 calibre flintlock muskets, were the standard long guns of the British Empire's land forces from 1722 until 1838 when they were superseded by a percussion cap rifled musket. At the time, the British Ordnance System did not have a policy of replacing functioning firearms in armories and the Brown Bess saw service until the middle of the nineteenth century. Some were still in service during the Indian rebellion of 1857 and some were sold to Mexico where troops used them during the Texas Revolution of 1836 and the Mexican-American War of 1846 to 1848. As most male citizens of the American Colonies were required by law to own a musket for militia duty, the Long Land Pattern was a common firearm in use by both sides at the commencement of the American Revolution. Our version has the steel ramrod with iron furniture. The barrel is 46" long and the overall length is 62".
Barrel - 46"
Overall - 62"
Weight - 10 Lbs.
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