The beginning of the 18th century showed a great improvement in the French army muskets, with the establishing of a standardized model, the 1717. He was soon modified under M de Vallière, to become the 1728 musket. This weapon is a fine example of the elegant curves in musket stocks in the early 18th century. Note especially the shape of the butt.
He will be improved again in the 1740s, with the standardized use of a steel ramrod in 1743 and, after 1746, the removing of the pan/frizzen bridle. This another copy is soon to be sold.
This weapon was carried by the majority of French troops during the French and Indian War, including the well known "Compagnies franches de la Marine" and the "Regiment de Béarn".
In France, the story of the 1728 ends in 1763, when it is replaced by a shorter a lighter musket, the Charleville. In North America, its career carries on, for the French government sold some of them to the US army, which used them during the independence wars
Length without bayonet 156cm, weight 4.00kg. 18mm caliber. The frizzen cover is case hardened, and the seamless tempered barrel is made of high carbon steel (type:BS970 no.080M40). The breech is threaded
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.