Perfect for living history displays and reenactments, these inert musket cartridges are sure to complete your Revolutionary War-era impression!
The British Land Pattern Musket, or Brown Bess, was one of the longest serving infantry weapons in world history. Its nickname is of unknown origin, although some believe that it originated out of the ranks of the British Army- “brown” referring to the color of the walnut stock, and “Bess” as a female name to personify the infantryman’s rifle as his most faithful companion. Cartridges for the venerable Bess were constructed using sturdy paper and twine that could be found around the campsite, and were constructed to facilitate speedy reloading between shots.
Our display cartridges are built to original 18th Century specifications: one lead .69cal musket ball, wrapped up in sturdy, brown paper and tied shut with flax twine. Instead of powder, we've filled the cartridges with a charge of 110 grains of coarse, black sand to simulate the size and weight of a real charge. Ten rounds come with each order.
We also offer inert Charleville musket cartridges for display or demonstration. Click here to see!
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