This musket was the last in a long line of modifications to the 1728 model French Infantry Musket commonly referred to as the "Charleville" musket (named after one of the arsenals that manufactured them). Some of the unique elements of this model are the finger ridges on the trigger guard, the brass frizzen, and the cheek piece carved in the stock's butt. As mentioned this is the AN IX, or year 9, Napoleonic version with a straighten frizzen cover and slightly different front band. The lock plate has the St. Etienne arsenal markings, along with the appropriate stampings on the breech.
This musket was used by Napoleon's infantry during the 1st Empire, but also in north America and Canada (with an iron frizzen). 2 millions were made, and about 40% of them by the Saint Etienne factory. Maximum firing range is 200m, but 50m is the effectual range of use.
Length without bayonet 153cm, weight 4.70kg. Bayonet's length 46cm, weight 0.32kg. Height of the gun with bayonet 192cm. 17.1mm caliber. The frizzen cover is case hardened, and the seamless tempered barrel is made of high carbon steel (type:BS970 no.080M40). Lock length 16cm. The breech is threaded. Comes with a bayonet.
Our copies are absolutely true to the originals : size, weight, marks... The firing mechanisms are totally functional (the flint is not provided with the gun, though). The barrel is made of carbon steel (type:BS970 no.080M40).
Being non functional replicas of black powder weapons, our muskets and guns are free to buy and possess in most countries. They either are classified as decorative items or allowed weapons, but you have to check the point in your own country, to be sure not to contravene any law, and that you are free to import and buy them.
The vent has not been drilled on our weapons. They are therefore not usable, even if the firing mechanism is perfectly functional. Drilling the hole may change the classification of the item, for it becomes theoritically usable, and you may have to check if the regulations of your country allow it. Our weapons are not proofed for blackpowder firing. If you choose to drill the hole, after having checked that the local law allows you to do this, you must have the weapon proofed before firing any bullet or munition. We cannot give any guarantee against the damages your musket may suffer during the proofing test.
Please remember this warning : never use a blackpowder gun which has not been proofed for firing a bullet (or anything else, by the way). Never use blackpowder without proper advising.