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.

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Specifications

  • 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:

Film

Title Actor Character Note Date
Jánošík Brigands 1921
Treasure Island (Ostrov sokrovishch) Irish rebels 1937
Blackbeard, the Pirate Don House Soldier 1952
Chuck Roberson Soldier
British soldiers
The Spessart Inn Ralf Wolter Brigand 1958
The Devil's Disciple Burt Lancaster Rev. Anthony Anderson 1959
George Rose British sergeant
British soldiers, rebels
Kidnapped British soldiers, Assassin 1960
Burn! British soldiers 1969
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 French soldiers 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 Seen in Clouseau's apartment 1982
The Bounty Richard Graham Mills 1984
British soldiers and seamen
Revolution Al Pacino Tom Dobb 1985
Donald Sutherland Sgt. Maj. Peasy
British troops
The Mission Liam Neeson Fielding 1986
Spanish and Portuguese soldiers
Shipwrecked Pirates 1990
Journey of Honor Kane Kosugi Yorimune 1991
Shô Kosugi Daigoro Mayeda
Norman Lloyd Father Vasco
Spanish and Japanese soldiers
The Last of the Mohicans Russell Means Chingachgook 1992
Eric Schweig Uncas
Wes Studi Magua
British and French infantry, Hurons and Mohicans
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III Walker's men 1993
Red Rock West Seen in Sheriff Wayne's office 1993
Kidnapped Don Wycherley Rory 1995
Brian McGrath James Stewart of The Glen
James men and women, British soldiers
Get Shorty Men dressed as Revolutionary War soldiers 1995
Cutthroat Island Geena Davis Morgan Adams 1995
Stan Shaw Glaspool
Rex Linn Blair
English soldiers
Rob Roy Tim Roth Archibald Cunningham 1995
Highland Regiment
Bad Moon Sherpa guides 1996
Amistad Royal Marines 1997
Almost Heroes Bokeem Woodbine Jonah 1998
American soldiers
The Mask of Zorro Mexican soldiers 1998
Sleepy Hollow Mark Spalding Jonathan Masbath 1999
Marc Pickering Young Masbath
Casper Van Dien Brom Van Brunt
Soldiers
Anna and the King Randall Duk Kim General Alak 1999
Soldiers
Plunkett and Macleane Thief-takers 1999
The Patriot British soldiers 2000
Tiger Head (Cabeza de Tigre) Argentinean revolutionary soldiers 2001
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
Keira Knightley Elizabeth Swann
British soldiers and pirates
Fanfan la Tulipe French and British soldiers 2003
Bell Witch Haunting Doug Moore John Bell 2004
Asa Wiggins Richard Bell
The Alamo (2004) The Mexican Army 2004
The Legend of Zorro Soldiers, McGivens' men 2005
An American Haunting Donald Sutherland John Bell 2005
Thom Fell John Bell Jr.
James D'Arcy Richard Powell
Oliver Twist Policemen 2005
Pirates of Treasure Island Seen on the wall 2006
Alatriste Eduardo Noriega Conde de Guadalmedina 2006
Simon Cohen King Philip IV of Spain
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
Aleksey Chadov Angie
Swedish and Russian soldiers
My Name Is Bruce A townsman 2007
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End East India Trading Company soldiers 2007
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides Johnny Depp Jack Sparrow 2011
British soldiers
47 Ronin Keanu Reeves Kai 2013
Dutch sailors
Hot Tub Time Machine 2 Rob Corddry Lou Dorchen 2015
In the Heart of the Sea Chris Hemsworth Owen Chase 2015
Cillian Murphy Matthew Joy
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

Television

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
The Adventures of Swiss Family Robinson Kieren Hutchison Ernst Robinson 1998
Richard Thomas David Robinson
Margo Gunn Elizabeth Robinson
Junior Chile Billy
K.C. Kelly Jed Parsons
Gareth Howells Ben Thomas
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
Two men of the Scarborough (S01E01)
Hakeem Kae-Kazim Mr. Scott
Walrus crewmember
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
Hot Dogs, Horseshoes & Hand Grenades "Brown Bess" 2016

Animation

Title Characters Notation Date
Treasure Island Pirates 1988
Love, Death & Robots - Season 1 seen stuck in the jelly; "Alternate Histories" (S1E17) 2019

Anime

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
Date A Bullet Kurumi Tokisaki 2020


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