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British (2nd Model) Short Land Pattern Brown Bess Flintlock Musket

American Revolution  -  French Revolutionary Wars  -  West Indies

Historical Background

First produced for the British Infantry in 1769, the second model or Short Land Brown Bess was in the result of a slow evolution of the first model of 1728. The final version of the 1st model in 1756 was quite similar to the 2nd model except the barrel's taper is less pronounced and the it's length was reduced to 42 inches.

The Short Land Brown Bess saw extensive use throughout the American Revolution and continued its dominance in the British Army until the 1790s when it gave way to the 3rd Model or India Pattern Brown Bess. That said a number of this black powder muzzleloader continued to be used by some regiments until the end of the Napoleonic Wars. Through captured stores, the American Continental forces as well had a number of this weapon.

The Short Land Brown Bess being used in the Battle of Jersey, 1781 (John Singleton Copley)



The reproduction we offer here has a 42 inch .75 calibre barrel is made of tempered seamless high carbon steel (type:BS970 no.080M40) with a tight breech plug. The lock is made with strong durable springs and has a case-hardened frizzen (hammer) that throws good sparks (our new process of industrial hardening has made this even more durable). The lock itself is now marked "TOWER".

The ramrod has a tight end and when in the barrel has 1 inch of length past the muzzle for easy handling. We use a industrial 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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Short Land Brown Bess Musket: 559.00 699.00 (MTS-009)

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Other Images: View of Lock (Note: NOW marked "TOWER")  View of Barrel Markings and Pan   View of Thumb Plate and Breech Tang

Reverse View of Butt and Lock area  View of Barrel and Ramrod Pipes  View of Trigger Guard and Lock  View of Ramrod Pipes and Swell

Add BAY-002 Brown Bess Socket Bayonet 68.000US 75.00CAN 

For shipping costs and other details see bottom of our Muskets section


Our Guarantee

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 and pistols in a non-firing state. This allows us to comply with various local, state, national and international firearms regulations, along with shipping company policy restrictions. A certified gunsmith may decide to 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 changes from its present state.     Please read our Conditions of Use and Legal Disclaimer.  The customer is expected to be aware of the laws of their locality that govern products of this nature.

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