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1756 Pattern Brown Bess Flintlock Musket

Historical Background

The last version of the First Model Brown Bess came in 1756, too late to be issued for service in the French and Indian War.  Improvements in this version included a new straight lock design, a brass nose cap to the end of the stock, and new pipes for the rammer. In addition the steel ramrod became standard issue. The 2nd model Short Land Musket which began to replace this musket in 1769, was virtually a shorter version of its 1756 cousin.

While manufacturing began at that time, officials were insistent that the new musket would not be issued until the 1742 Long Land Musket stocks with Regiments and in the armouries had been depleted. This is confirmed when the 77th and 78th Regiments (Montgomery's and Fraser's Highlanders) were raised in 1757 for service in North America. Instead of receiving the new model, they received the 1742 model. In addition the reported replacement by numerous regiments of wooden rammers with steel ones also confirms the universal use of the 1742 model in the French and Indian War. Therefore there is no evidence that this musket was ever used in the French and Indian War.

By the American Revolution there may have been couple of regiments like the Foot Guards with the 1756. However for Loyalist Regiments and American units, it is more likely they received the 1742 model with steel rammer since that was what was left in the armouries after the French and Indian War.

We are sometimes asked about a 1742/1756 model. There is no such thing. The 1756 had brass hardware and a straight lock like the Short Land model. The 1742 did not.


The reproduction we offer here has a 46 inch .75 calibre barrel is made of tempered seamless high carbon steel (type:BS970 no.080M40) with a threaded breech plug. The lock is made with strong durable springs and has a case-hardened frizzen (hammer) that throws good sparks. The musket's total length is 63 inches and weighs 11 pounds. We use a cyanide case-hardening factory process that makes sparking both more reliable and longer lasting. Presently no other musket provider uses this technique.

As with all our other flintlocks, the vent is not drilled (read details below) so we can ship easily to your door throughout North America and to Europe and the UK. Aside from that they are exactly like the originals. A fine addition to any collection.

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If upon receiving your musket you are not completely happy with your purchase, you may return it for a refund. All we ask is you cover the shipping costs. It has to be returned in two weeks of receipt and be in its original state (unaltered and unmodified).

Non-Firing State

We sell historically accurate muskets in a non-firing state. This allows us to comply with local, state, national and international firearms regulations. A certified gunsmith may alter a musket or pistol to a firing state by drilling the vent hole and test firing it. We are not legally responsible for any alteration from its present non-firing state.

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