Charleville Musket

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Marin le Bourgeoys created the first true flintlock guns for King Louis XIII shortly after his accession in 1610. During the 17th century, flintlock muskets were produced in a wide range of models. In 1717, a flintlock musket for the French infantry was standardized. This was the first standard flintlock be issued to all infantry troops, later became known as "Charleville muskets", after the armory in Charleville-Mezieres, Ardennes, France. The Charleville musket was a .69 caliber French musket used in the 18th and 19th centuries. The 1717 was replaced eleven years later in 1728 with a model using three barrel bands to hold its 46 3/4 inch barrel in place. Changes in the 1740s included the standardized use of a steel ramrod in 1743 and, after 1746, newly manufactured muskets had the pan/frizzen bridle removed. Further refinements were made in the 1750's and 1760's. During the American War of Independence the French Government supplied large quantities of muskets, most common the Charleville Model 1763, to the Continental Army.

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Charleville Musket

Original Charleville Mle 1763 - .69 caliber
Charleville Musket Mle 1766 - .69 caliber
Charleville Mousquet Modèle 1777 - .69 caliber

Specifications

  • Weight: 10 lbs.
  • Length: 60 inches
  • Caliber: .69 musket ball
  • Action: flintlock
  • Rate of fire: 2-3 round/min
  • Effective range: 100 to 200 yards max 50 to 75 effective
  • Feed system: muzzle-loaded

Note, that near all firing Charleville Musket in the film or television are modern firing replicas due original Charleville Musket are unsafe to shots and much more expensive.

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

Films

Title Actor Character Note Date
Ghouls (Vurdalaki) Aglaya Shilovskaya Milena 2017
Konstantin Milovanov Georges
12 Years a Slave 2013
Les Misérables (2012) French troops 2012
18-14 Russian soldiers 2007
Goya's Ghosts French soldiers 2006
Snapphanar Jörgen Persson Räddstor 2006
Per Lasson Bonden
Adam Lundgren David Swartz
Samuel Hellström Joshua Swartz
Danish and Swedish soldiers, peasants
The Brothers Grimm French soldiers Modèles 1763,1766 and 1777 2005
The Alamo (2004) Alamo Defenders 2004
Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World French Naval Sailors of the Acheron Modèle 1777 2003
Peter Pan Pirates 2003
Brotherhood of the Wolf Samuel Le Bihan Grégoire de Fronsac 2001
Dark Portals: The Chronicles of Vidocq A few characters 2001
The Patriot Heath Ledger Gabriel Martin Modèle 1766 2000
The Captain’s Daughter soldiers and cossacks 2000
Almost Heroes American soldiers 1998
Les Misérables (1998) French troops 1998
The Horseman on the Roof (Le hussard sur le toit) Juliette Binoche Pauline de Théus 1995
The Horseman on the Roof (Le hussard sur le toit) Hervé Pierre Brig. Maugin 1995
The Horseman on the Roof (Le hussard sur le toit) French soldiers 1995
Forrest Gump Gary Sinise Lt. Dan 1994
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III Walker's men 1993
Musketeers Twenty Years After Valentin Smirnitskiy Porthos 1992
Air America Laotian tribe 1990
Chouans! Raoul Billerey Grospierre 1988
Chouans! French soldiers and royalist rebels 1988
Gardens of Stone U. S. Army 3rd Infantry "Old Guard" 1987
Pirates (1986) crew and pirates 1986
Boris Godunov German mercenaries 1986
Tecumseh Rolf Römer Col. McKew 1972
The Married Couple of the Year Two (Les Mariés de l'an II) Jean-Paul Belmondo Nicolas Philibert 1971
The Married Couple of the Year Two (Les Mariés de l'an II) Patrick Dewaere The volunteer 1971
The Married Couple of the Year Two (Les Mariés de l'an II) Julien Guiomar The major of Nantes 1971
The Married Couple of the Year Two (Les Mariés de l'an II) Sans-culottes, Chouans and French soldiers 1971
Untamable Angelique French soldiers 1967
Angelique and the King King´s musketeers 1966
Angelique: The Road to Versailles Gendarmes, soldiers 1965
The Alamo Texan soldiers 1965
Angélique Giuliano Gemma Calembredaine 1964
Angélique Bernard Lajarrige Sancé de Monteloup 1964
Angélique The castle defenders, bandits, gendarmes 1964
The Leopard (Il gattopardo) Terence Hill Count Cavriaghi 1963
The Leopard (Il gattopardo) Bourbon´s and Garibaldi's troops 1963
Cain the XVIII-th (Kain XVIII) soldiers 1963
Cain the XVIII-th (Kain XVIII) Erast Garin Cain XVIII 1963
Cartouche Jean-Paul Belmondo Dominique 1962
Cartouche Jess Hahn Gentle Giant 1962
Cartouche Jean Rochefort The Mole 1962
Cartouche French soldiers 1962
Mutiny on the Bounty Richard Haydn William Brown 1962
Mutiny on the Bounty Richard Harris John Mills 1962
Mutiny on the Bounty rebels 1962
Captain Blood (Le Capitan) French soldiers 1960
The Haunted Castle Soldiers 1960
Don César de Bazan S. Tsomayev Lazarille 1957
Don César de Bazan Guards 1957
Comanche Territory Maureen O'Hara Katie Howard 1950
Comanche Territory Will Geer Dan'l Seeger 1950
Comanche Territory Glenn Strange Big Joe 1950
Comanche Territory Stacey´s men 1950
Minin and Pozharsky Polish Soldier 1939
Gavroche Nikolay Smorchkov Gavroche With bayonet 1937
Gavroche Ivan Bobrov Jean Prouvaire With bayonet 1937
Gavroche Dmitriy Popov Touchet With bayonet 1937
Gavroche Nina Zorskaya Madeleine With bayonet 1937
Gavroche Royalist soldiers, Republicans With bayonet 1937
The Student of Prague (Der Student von Prag) Seen in Counte's castle 1913

Television

Title Actor Character Note Date
The Man in the High Castle "Pilot" 2015
Sleepy Hollow Tom Mison Ichabod Crane 2013
Midsomer Murders Actors in historical movie "They Seek Him Here" (S10E7) 2008
The Count of Monte Cristo Soldiers 1998
Amazing Stories Defenders of Alamo "Alamo Jobe" (S1E03) 1985-1987

Video Game

Game Title Appears as Note Release Date
Assassin's Creed III: Liberation 2012
Tropico Series 2011

Animation

Title Characters Notation Date
Archer - Season 5 Lana 2014

Anime

Title Character Note Date
Lupin III: The Castle of Cagliostro Napoleon soldiers 1979
Le Chevalier D'Eon French soldiers Both full-length and carbine muskets 2006
Najica Blitz Tactics butler 2007
Sakura Taisen: New York, N.Y. 2007
Black Lagoon: Roberta's Blood Trail Roberta 2010-11

Model 1777 Cavalry Carbine

French 1777 Cavalry Flintlock Carbine - .69 caliber
French 1777 AN IX model Cavalry Flintlock Carbine - .69 caliber

The Model 1777 Cavalry Carbine (Mousqueton de Cavalerie) became the standard weapon for most French cavalry corps at the turn of the 18th and 19 century, particularly during the Napoleonic Wars. It was manufactured from 1777 until 1815 and it went through several updates along the same lines as the Charleville musket creating the An IX and An XIII variations (the most notable difference between the models being that the An IX model shortened the wooden stock making the weapon lighter and less bulky whilst keeping the same barrel length). This weapon has a couple of unusual features which distinguish it from most other cavalry carbines. Firstly, along with a sling bar mounted on the left side of the carbine, it was also fitted with a pair of normal sling loops for if it was used in the dismounted role or by infantry. Secondly, it is fitted with a bayonet lug on the bottom of the muzzle. Due to the overall short length of the carbine with the bayonet attached this was of questionable utility and was very seldom used, more commonly being used as a hand tool or discarded all together.

The Model 1777 Cavalry Carbine and variants can be seen in the following films, television series, video games, and anime used by the following actors:

Films

Title Actor Character Note Date
Hussar Ballad (Gusarskaya ballada) Nikolai Kryuchkov Ivan 1962
Hussar Ballad (Gusarskaya ballada) Russian and French soldiers 1962
The Married Couple of the Year Two (Les Mariés de l'an II) Michel Auclair The Prince 1971
The Married Couple of the Year Two (Les Mariés de l'an II) Chouans 1971
Chouans! French dragoons 1988
The Horseman on the Roof (Le hussard sur le toit) French dragoons 1995
Brotherhood of the Wolf Émilie Dequenne Marianne de Morangias 2001
The Brothers Grimm Villager 2005
Goya's Ghosts French soldiers 2006
Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian Napoleon's men 2009

Anime

Title Character Note Date
Le Chevalier D'Eon French soldiers 2006
The Empire of Corpses French soldiers 2015

Model 1786 Hussar Carbine

Model 1786 Hussar Carbine (modern Pedersoli "Ussaro Mod 1786" replica) - .69 caliber

The Model 1786 Hussar Carbine (Mousqueton de Hussard) was, as the name suggests, a carbine developed for the French Hussar regiments. The Hussars were true light cavalry who specialised in scouting and raiding, so an even lighter and shorter carbine was desired. The Model 1786 can be easily distinguished from the Model 1777 by its very short stock relative to the barrel, along with the apparently short ramrod (the ramrod actually extends all the was back into the buttstock of the carbine). Similarly to the Model 1777 it was also strangely fitted with a bayonet lug, although this was rarely (if ever) used by the Hussars despite the fact that the bayonet was always issued. Eventually, during the Napoleonic war the Model 1786 gave way to standardisation and was replaced by the standard An IX Cavalry Carbine.

The Model 1786 Hussar Carbine and variants can be seen in the following films, television series, video games, and anime used by the following actors:

Films

Title Actor Character Note Date
Tecumseh Gojko Mitic Tecumseh 1972

Model 1816 Cavalry Carbine

French 1816 Cavalry Flintlock Carbine - .69 caliber

The Model 1816 Cavalry Carbine (Mousqueton de Cavalerie) is the smallest carbine based on the Charleville musket. It is most recognisable by its lack of a ramrod leading to a slimmer stock and characteristic simpler barrel band (to which the front end of the sling bar running the full length of the side of the carbine attaches). The ramrod for this weapon was carried separately slung around the body, meaning that it could not be dropped whilst reloading on horseback which was a significant issue for cavalry carbines of the time.

The Model 1816 Cavalry Carbine and variants can be seen in the following films, television series, video games, and anime used by the following actors:

Films

Title Actor Character Note Date
Sharpe's Rifles French cavalry 1993
Sharpe's Enemy French soldier 1994



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