Sharpe's Company

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Sharpe's Company (1994)

Sharpe's Company is the third episode of the Carlton UK series Sharpe, starring Sean Bean as Captain Richard Sharpe, the officer of a small Rifles detachment during the Napoleonic Wars. It was filmed on location in the Ukraine and the Crimea. The episode follows Sharpe, his company, and the Duke of Wellington's army during its siege and assault on the French fortress of Badajoz on the Spanish-Portugese border.

The following weapons were used in the television series Sharpe's Company:


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Baker Rifle

The most prominently used weapon is the Baker Flintlock Rifle, issued to special units of the British Army during the Napoleonic Wars. Richard Sharpe (Sean Bean) and his "Chosen Men" – Sgt. Patrick Harper (Daragh O'Malley), Riflemen Cooper (Michael Mears), Harris (Jason Salkey), Hagman (John Tams) and Perkins (Lyndon Davies) all carry Bakers.

Baker Rifle (1801-1837), Caliber - 0.625 inch (15.9 mm)
A Baker Rifle displayed during the opening credits.
Patrick Harper (Daragh O'Malley) loosely carrying his Baker Rifle.

Brown Bess Flintlock Musket

The standard weapon issued to "redcoat" British soldiers is the Brown Bess Flintlock Musket.

Original "India Pattern" Brown Bess musket made 1805-1840 - .75 caliber
British Redcoats carrying Brown Bess Flintlock Muskets.
Richard Sharpe (Sean Bean) examines the end of one Redcoat's ramrod, finding an intolerable amount of gunk on it, indicating the weapon has been left uncleaned for too long.

Nock Gun

Sharpe's Company is the first episode to feature Harper's (Daragh O'Malley) fearsome seven-barrelled Nock Gun, since he is presented as one of the few men large and strong enough to (barely) handle the weapon's massive recoil. Sgt. Hakeswill (Pete Postlethwaite) confiscates the weapon after framing Harper for theft, and uses it to try to kill Sharpe during the confusion of a night attack.

Nock Gun - .52 Caliber.
Patrick Harper (Daragh O'Malley) hefts his seven-barreled Nock Gun.
Obadiah Hakeswill (Pete Postlethwaite) holds the Nock Gun, confiscated from Harper.
Hakeswill fires the Nock Gun, trying to kill Sharpe in the confusion of a night attack.
Hakeswill looks up from the smoking Nock Gun, surprised that he missed Sharpe.
Sharpe (Sean Bean) holds the Nock Gun under Hakeswill's chin, after "noticing" that the weapon has carelessly been left loaded and rammed.
Sharpe holds the Nock Gun under Hakeswill's chin. The livid scar under Hakeswill's chin is visible, a reminder that he was hanged in his youth and somehow survived, an experience which convinced him that he was immortal.
Harper looks up in disbelief from his Nock Gun, after scoring a direct hit on Hakeswill, yet somehow failing to kill him.

Flintlock Pistol

The Flintlock Pistol is seen usually carried by British officers. Sgt. Hakeswill (Pete Postlethwaite) takes one during the battle and threatens Teresa and her uncle with it. Teresa's uncle, Don Moreno (Peter Birrel) also aims his Flintlock Pistol at Hakeswill.

Tower Sea Service Pistol used by the British Royal Navy.
Teresa's uncle, Don Moreno (Peter Birrel) aims his Flintlock Pistol at Hakeswill, who has taken Teresa hostage.
Hakeswill (Pete Postlethwaite) aims at Harry Price (Scott Cleverdon) with a pistol, while holding Teresa (Assumpta Serna) hostage.
N.B. Cleverdon and Serna met during the filming of this episode, and married the same year.

Cannon

Cannons are used throughout the series.

A cannon about to be fired on the French fortress of Badajoz.


See Also

Rifles (1993)  •  Eagle (1993)  •  Company (1994)  •  Enemy (1994)  •  Honour (1994)  •  Gold (1995)  •  Battle (1995)  •  Sword (1995)

    Regiment (1996)  •  Siege (1996)  •  Mission (1996)  •  Revenge (1997)  •  Justice (1997)  •  Waterloo (1997)  •  Challenge (2006)  •  Peril (2008)



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