Introduced during the American Revolution, the carbine offered Light cavalry a short, light, and versatile firearm for close quarter fighting - the typical situation for Light Dragoons and Hussars.
It was in the reign of Napoleon that this firearm (AN IX version) became extensively used. Lancers, Carabiniers a cheval, Artillery Train, and the Line Chasseurs a Cheval all were issued with this carbine. Even the Sappers of Infantry Regiments found them ideal for their type of duties. The holding system (two rings running in a iron bar) even allows to fire without putting the baldric out.
Length 114cm, weight 3.30kg.The frizzen cover is case hardened, and the seamless tempered barrel is made of high carbon steel (type:BS970 no.080M40). Lock length 15cm. 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.