Brown Bess Flintlock Musket

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Modern reproduction of 17th Century English Doglock Musket, predecessor 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 Sea Service Brown Bess Naval musket

The Brown Bess (British Long Land Pattern) was a smooth-bore 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 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.


  • 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)
  • Action: Flintlock
  • Rate of fire: User dependent; usually 3+ rounds a minute
  • Muzzle velocity: Variable
  • Effective range: Variable (50-100 yards)
  • Feed system: Muzzle loaded

The Brown Bess Flintlock Musket has been used in the following:



Title Actor Character Note Date
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
Barry Lyndon Ryan O'Neal Redmont Barry 1975
Blazing Saddles Two Arabian Bad Guys 1974
Barry Lyndon Ryan O'Neal Redmont Barry 1975
Barry Lyndon British and Prussian soldiers 1975
The Bounty Richard Graham Mills 1984
The Bounty British soldiers and seamen 1984
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
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
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
The Alamo (2004) The Mexican Army 2004
Oliver Twist Policemen 2005
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest British soldiers 2006
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End East India Trading Company soldiers 2007
47 Ronin Dutch sailors 2013
47 Ronin Keanu Reeves Kai 2013


Show Title Actor Character Note / Episode Air Date
Sharpe's Rifles British Army soldiers 1993
Hawkeye British Army soldiers 1994
Blackbeard British marines, soldiers and pirates 2006

Video Games

Game Title Appears as Mods Notation Release Date
Grand Theft Auto V Pistol Grip 2013


Film Title Character Note Date
Le Chevalier D'Eon British soldiers Long Land Pattern version 2006

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