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Old 07-19-2010, 05:35 AM   #1
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Default The standard infantry weapon during the Revolution was a flintlock musket

The standard infantry weapon during the Revolution was a flintlock musket called a what?

I had this question on my stupid homework along witha bunch of others

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Old 07-19-2010, 11:15 AM   #2
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Welcome to the forum. Stop by the introductions area and let everyone know you're here. What kind of homework? Do you own a couple of hotels?

I'm not a history buff but wasn't the brown bess the most common flintlock of that time period?

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You may be looking for the term Brown Bess. This was the informal term for the Land Pattern British Musket, which was used by both sides. US forces also used French, British, and locally made hunting rifles. Welcome, hang around, and be advised I do homework for very reasonable prices.

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Yup--Brown Bess is probably what you are looking for. Nickname for
the standard issue long gun for one side--the British.

There was no one standard issue gun for the American side. Captured
British guns, guns purchased from anybody that would sell them,
fowling pieces (shotguns), guns made from scratch by any number of local makers. Pretty much whatever musket/rifle/whatever that was at hand.

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Captured British guns, guns purchased from anybody that would sell them,
fowling pieces (shotguns), guns made from scratch by any number of local makers. Pretty much whatever musket/rifle/whatever that was at hand.
That's why gun confiscation will never really work here....
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Thank you c3, and to hotelsincarmel, I'm in high school. Do your homework dude, dont be an idiot, remember everything you can. I'm on these forums because I want to learn, and help people to learn about firearms, shooting, etc. I love to learn and be able to communicate with older people in a sophisticated way. Thank you for at least wanting to know what the Brown Bess was. And welcome...

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Thank you c3, and to hotelsincarmel, I'm in high school. Do your homework dude, dont be an idiot, remember everything you can. I'm on these forums because I want to learn, and help people to learn about firearms, shooting, etc. I love to learn and be able to communicate with older people in a sophisticated way. Thank you for at least wanting to know what the Brown Bess was. And welcome...
I know there were several models of Brown Bess around, the earliest being the Long Land Pattern, but there were several variants of that. There are books on Bess variants. The Brits used these and so did the Americans. I believe Americans who fought in the French and Indian War were actually given Besses to keep by the British government and these too were used later by us in the Revolution.

Additionally there were "Committee of Safety Muskets"
(See American Made Muskets of the American Revolution (by George Neumann)) There are a couple of great books out there today on Brown Besses.

The Brits also used something called the Ferguson Rifle, a breech loading rifle designed by Patrick Ferguson, the Commander in Chief of the British forces killed at King's Mountain. But the number used was very small, as the British military brass rejected them despite a demonstration of their efficiency.

The colonists began getting shipments of French Charleville Muskets before France officially entered the war and more later after the French declared war.

Supposedly the Charlevilles were lighter than the Besses and had stronger hammers less likely to break in combat.

American militia units and Rifle corps used flintlock rifles made by various American gun makers and Hessian units also included riflemen using German Jaeger style rifles which were the ancestral type of gun to the Pennsylvania Rifle used by the American Riflemen.

Google is your friend and there are lots of links there but I guess you wrote your paper already and the other posters also gave you a lot of information.
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The standard infantry weapon during the Revolution was a flintlock musket called a what?

I had this question on my stupid homework along witha bunch of others
Why do you think this is a stupid question? Part of homework my friend is to learn how to apply yourself and seek out the correct answer. You could have easily done a search for "weapons of the American Revolution" and no doubt would have found the answer reading about the ARW. Do some research, get involved and learn how your country came about through what was used on the battle field. You might fined it interesting what you learn.
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There were many types of muskets .
(1) The Fusil 62cal in the 1690s. French Musket

(2) The Charleville 69cal. 1777. French Musket .

(3) The Potzdam 75cal. 1740s. German Musket.

Here is a few hope this helps .TAC

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...your teacher may not want to ask such a wide open question in the future.

Your willingness to research this question rather than settle for the "textbook" answer may gain your teacher's respect.

Education is not what you are taught, but rather what you choose to learn.

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