Flintlock Rifles & Muskets
Until the advent of flintlock technology, "firearms" were limited to large, bulky cannons suited to artillery battles between standing armies, but of little use as personal defense weapons. The flintlock rifles and muskets were long, cumbersome, and difficult to load, but they made a huge difference in battle tactics of the day, when every infantryman could be supplied with a rifle or musket to carry and fire. Across the ocean, the American Revolution was fought with French and British flintlock muskets like the massive British Brown Bess and French Charleville. On both sides of the Atlantic, because reloading was impossible in the heat of battle, defeat or victory often came down to which side used the bayonets attached to the long muskets most effectively. Long flintlock rifles and muskets traveled with intrepid frontiersmen like Daniel Boone and Davy Crockett during the first westward expansion in the fledgling United States. Our selection of non-firing replica flintlock rifles and muskets is a "Who's Who" among the best known weapons from the 1700s to the late 1800s.