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19th Century British Muskets


Shown here are a pair of muskets used by the 96th Regiment during the 19th Century. On the left is the classic 'Brown Bess' smooth-bore flintlock musket used by the British in various forms from the 1720's into the 1840's. It had a .75inch calibre. On the right is the more modern Pattern 1853 Enfield rifled percussion musket. It was considerably more reliable and accurate, fired a .577inch minié round, and was used in the Crimean War.


The Museum of Manchester's Regiment, Ashton-under-Lyne, UK. March 2004

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