Brown Bess Flintlock Musket

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Modern reproduction of 17th Century English Doglock Musket, predecessor of the Brown Bess musket.
Modern reproduction "Long Land Pattern" Brown Bess Infantry musket made from 1722-1768 - .75 caliber.
Original "Short Land Pattern" Brown Bess musket made 1768-1805 - .75 caliber
Original "India Pattern" Brown Bess musket made 1805-1840 - .75 caliber
Modern reproduction Brown Bess Carbine - .75 caliber

The British Long Land Pattern musket, nicknamed the "Brown Bess", was a smoothbore flintlock musket that was standard-issue with the British Army throughout the 18th and early 19th centuries, including the French and Indian / 7 Years War, the American War of Independence and the Napoleonic Wars.

For the purposes of this page, "Brown Bess" refers collectively to any of the British Land Pattern Muskets of 1722-1883, which include the Long Land Pattern, Short Land Pattern, Sea Service Pattern, India Pattern, New Land Pattern and New Light Infantry Land Pattern Cavalry Carbine.

N.B. Virtually all Brown Bess Flintlock Muskets seen in films or television productions are modern reproductions, due to historical specimens being highly expensive and unsafe to fire due to age- or conservation-related concerns.



  • Weight: 10.5 pounds (4.8 kg)
  • Length: 58.5 inches (1,490 mm)
  • Barrel length: 42 inches (1,100 mm)
  • Cartridge: 0.71 inches (18 mm) lead ball, undersized to reduce the effects of powder fouling.
  • Caliber: 0.75 inches (19 mm)
  • Capacity: 1
  • Action: Flintlock
  • Rate of fire: User-dependent; usually 2-3 rounds a minute
  • Muzzle velocity: Variable
  • Effective range: Variable (50-100 yards)
  • Feed system: Muzzle-loaded
  • Fire Modes: Single Shot

The Brown Bess Flintlock Musket and variants can be seen in the following films, television series, video games, and anime used by the following actors:


Title Actor Character Note Date
Jánošík Brigands 1921
Treasure Island (Ostrov sokrovishch) Irish rebels 1937
Blackbeard, the Pirate Don House Soldier 1952
Blackbeard, the Pirate Chuck Roberson Soldier 1952
Blackbeard, the Pirate British soldiers 1952
The Spessart Inn Ralf Wolter Brigand 1958
The Devil's Disciple Burt Lancaster Rev. Anthony Anderson 1959
The Devil's Disciple George Rose British sergeant 1959
The Devil's Disciple British soldiers, rebels 1959
Kidnapped British soldiers, Assassin 1960
Burn! 1969
Tecumseh 1972
Apaches (Apachen) Johnson's men, Mexican soldiers and townsmen 1973
Barry Lyndon Ryan O'Neal Redmont Barry 1975
Blazing Saddles Two Arabian Bad Guys 1974
Barry Lyndon Ryan O'Neal Redmont Barry 1975
The Duellists 1975
Barry Lyndon British and Prussian soldiers 1975
Blue Bird (Blauvogel) Kurt Böwe John Ruster 1979
Jan Spitzer Andrew
Gheorghe Patru Raccoon
British and French soldiers, settlers, Iroquois warriors
Trail of the Pink Panther 1982
The Bounty Richard Graham Mills 1984
The Bounty British soldiers and seamen 1984
Revolution Al Pacino Tom Dobb 1985
Revolution Donald Sutherland Sgt. Maj. Peasy 1985
Revolution British troops 1985
The Mission Liam Neeson Fielding 1986
The Mission Spanish and Portuguese soldiers 1986
Shipwrecked pirates 1990
Journey of Honor Kane Kosugi Yorimune 1991
Journey of Honor Shô Kosugi Daigoro Mayeda 1991
Journey of Honor Norman Lloyd Father Vasco 1991
Journey of Honor Spanish Soldiers 1991
Journey of Honor Japanese Soldiers 1991
The Last of the Mohicans Russell Means Chingachgook 1992
The Last of the Mohicans Eric Schweig Uncas 1992
The Last of the Mohicans Wes Studi Magua 1992
The Last of the Mohicans British and French infantry, Hurons and Mohicans 1992
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III Walker's men 1993
Red Rock West 1993
Kidnapped Don Wycherley Rory 1995
Kidnapped Brian McGrath James Stewart of The Glen 1995
Kidnapped James men and women 1995
Kidnapped British soldiers 1995
Get Shorty 1995
Cutthroat Island Geena Davis Morgan Adams 1995
Cutthroat Island Stan Shaw Glaspool 1995
Cutthroat Island Rex Linn Blair 1995
Cutthroat Island English soldiers 1995
Rob Roy Tim Roth Archibald Cunningham 1995
Rob Roy Highland Regiment 1995
Bad Moon Sherpa guides 1996
Amistad 1997
Almost Heroes 1998
The Mask of Zorro 1998
Sleepy Hollow soldiers 1999
Sleepy Hollow Mark Spalding Jonathan Masbath 1999
Sleepy Hollow Marc Pickering Young Masbath 1999
Sleepy Hollow Casper Van Dien Brom Van Brunt 1999
Anna and the King soldiers 1999
Anna and the King Randall Duk Kim General Alak 1999
Plunkett and Macleane Thief-takers 1999
The Patriot British soldiers 2000
Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World British Marines 2003
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl Orlando Bloom Will Turner 2003
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl Keira Knightley Elizabeth Swann 2003
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl British soldiers and pirates 2003
Bell Witch Haunting Doug Moore John Bell 2004
Asa Wiggins Richard Bell
The Alamo (2004) The Mexican Army 2004
The Legend of Zorro 2005
An American Haunting Donald Sutherland John Bell 2005
An American Haunting Thom Fell John Bell Jr. 2005
An American Haunting James D'Arcy Richard Powell 2005
Oliver Twist Policemen 2005
Pirates of Treasure Island 2006
Alatriste Eduardo Noriega Conde de Guadalmedina 2006
Alatriste Simon Cohen King Philip IV of Spain 2006
Goya's Ghosts Stellan Skarsgård Francisco Goya 2006
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest British soldiers 2006
The Sovereign's Servant (Sluga Gosudarev) Nikolay Chindyaykin The Inn owner 2007
The Sovereign's Servant (Sluga Gosudarev) Aleksey Chadov Angie 2007
The Sovereign's Servant (Sluga Gosudarev) Swedish and Russian soldiers 2007
My Name Is Bruce 2007
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End East India Trading Company soldiers 2007
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides British Army 2011
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides Johnny Depp Jack Sparrow 2011
47 Ronin Dutch sailors 2013
47 Ronin Keanu Reeves Kai 2013
Hot Tub Time Machine 2 Rob Corddry Lou Dorchen 2015
In the Heart of the Sea Chris Hemsworth Owen Chase 2015
In the Heart of the Sea Cillian Murphy Matthew Joy 2015
The Revenant Domhnall Gleeson Andrew Henry Carbine 2015
The Revenant Leonardo DiCaprio Hugh Glass Carbine 2015
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies Douglas Booth Mr. Bingley 2016
British soldiers
Journey to China: The Mystery of Iron Mask Russian soldiers 2019


Show Title Actor Character Note / Episode Air Date
Sharpe's Rifles British Army soldiers 1993
Sharpe's Enemy British Army soldiers 1994
Sharpe's Company British Army soldiers 1994
Hawkeye British Army soldiers 1994
The Adventures of Swiss Family Robinson Kieren Hutchison Ernst Robinson 1998
The Adventures of Swiss Family Robinson Richard Thomas David Robinson 1998
The Adventures of Swiss Family Robinson Margo Gunn Elizabeth Robinson 1998
The Adventures of Swiss Family Robinson Junior Chile Billy 1998
The Adventures of Swiss Family Robinson K.C. Kelly Jed Parsons 1998
The Adventures of Swiss Family Robinson Gareth Howells Ben Thomas 1998
Blackbeard British marines, soldiers and pirates 2006
Lock 'n Load With R. Lee Ermey Gunny 2009
Sleepy Hollow 2013
Black Sails Shaun Acker Mr Beauclerk (S01E05) 2014-2015
Black Sails Two men of the Scarborough (S01E01) 2014-2015
Black Sails Hakeem Kae-Kazim Mr. Scott 2014-2015
Black Sails Walrus crewmember 2014-2015
Taboo Tom Hardy James Keziah Delaney 2017

Video Games

Game Title Appears as Mods Notation Release Date
Civilization IV 2005
Assassin's Creed III 2012
Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag 2013
Grand Theft Auto V Pistol Grip 2013
Assassin's Creed Rogue 2013
Assassin's Creed Unity 2014


Title Characters Notation Date
Treasure Island Pirates 1988


Film Title Character Note Date
Le Chevalier D'Eon British soldiers Long Land Pattern version 2006
Ghost Slayers Ayashi Mexican soldiers 2006-2007
Puella Magi Madoka Magica Mami Tomoe 2011

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