Sharpe's Rifles is the premiere 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. In Rifles, Sharpe is commissioned as an officer after saving General Wellesley's (the future Duke of Wellington) life from a French assassination attempt. His first task is to take command of a small detachment of marksmen and join a larger party of Rifles searching the Spanish mountains for a missing banker.
The following weapons were used in the television series Sharpe's Rifles:
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" – Patrick Harper (Daragh O'Malley), Cooper (Michael Mears), Harris (Jason Salkey), Hagman (John Tams), Tongue (Paul Trussell) and Perkins (Lyndon Davies) - all carry Bakers.
Brown Bess Flintlock Musket
The standard long arm issued to "redcoat" British soldiers is the Brown Bess Flintlock Musket. In some scenes, French forces also use the weapon.
Model 1816 Cavalry Carbine
French cavalry appear to be armed with Model 1816 Cavalry Carbines while chasing General Wellesley.
Various characters use Flintlock Pistols of various kinds, including Richard Sharpe (Sean Bean), Don Blas Vivar (Simón Andreu), Colonel de L'Eclin (Malcolm Jamieson) and the Man in Black (Anthony Hyde).
Teresa Moreno (Assumpta Serna), carries a brass boxlock blunderbuss pistol with a cannon style barrel and underfolding bayonet.
Cannon are also prominent in the series.