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Brown bess

Discussion in 'The Guns Galore Section' started by duffy, Oct 26, 2007.

  1. duffy

    duffy New Member

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    New to the forum, lloks great and good info.

    I have a question about a Brown Bess rifle. I am about to get one from a friend tjhat is in pieces, but he tells me they are all there. The markings are on the stock and is a G over the number 89.

    Can anyone tell me anything about this rifle. The stock is Walnut or appears to be. Also where they place an engraving on a tower there are the letters capital U and lower case v.
    It was apparently used in the Napolinic war

    Any info would be appreciated
     
  2. JCalhoun

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    I would guess a look around the net for a British antique arms collectors group would be helpful. Also, if you can find out where they are, I'm sure there will be a museum or two where you can go and have a first hand look at some.
     
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    Hey Duffy, welcome to the forum.

    Do you have any pictures of this rifle? It's usually a big help and someone can probably point you in the right direction if you could post some images.
     
  4. Commando

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    What is the Brown Bess rifle?
     
  5. Ricky

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    The 'Brown Bess' is the flintlock musket that was the standard weapon of the British Army from 1722 to 1838

    More here
     
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    Yes, Ricky is right it is a musket - not a rifle as the barrel is smooth bored. it did not have much of an accurate range and was primarily intended for volley fire. It was also in use with/by the british army for a long time e.g one example I was lucky enough to fire was used in the 1745 Jacobite campaign in Scotland.

    What wiki says http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brown_Bess

    Also if you ever get it assembled and it is proved safe to fire watch your eyebrows :wink: The frizzen pan has a bad "flash over" effect. One flash and no eyebrow :smok:
     
  7. duffy

    duffy New Member

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    Thanks for thelp. I am away at the moment so when I get home I will take some pictures of the "musket" which I called a rifle.
    Thanks again
     
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    was it superior to its French or Dutch counterparts that were sold to the Colonials?
     
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    Much the same, as far as I know. The only real difference that I can remember was that it had a larger calibre.
     
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    This seems like an excellent question for Dave
     
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    dave phpbb3 New Member

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    Unfortunately this is abit early for my knowledge, I know very little on Pre-1890 small arms.
     
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    majorwoody10 New Member

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    young barry lyndon flees home after killing a man in a duel ..he enlists in the british army and later runs across his long lost uncle, a sgt ..while both are fighting the french on the continent ( french inf in all white uniform,what war ?) ...sgt to lyndon ..your mothers worried sick ..you must write home and tell her ,your alive and well and " MARREIED TO BROWN BESS" ..if you have never seen this movie , do so ...it WON best picture the year it was released and is still great .today ...
     
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    dave phpbb3 New Member

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    I Believe it was the 7 years war, it was a good film another Stanley Kubrick classic
     
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    Does your musket come with a bayonet?
     
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    well at first they just jammed a big knife handle first into the barrel but this was discovered to hamper the shooting ability somewhat ,hence the crooked dogleg spike seen above . makes bess into a club ,gun and spear all at once , no wonder them redcoats whupped lascars ,wogs , rebels and hottintots where ever they roamed ...
     

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