Matchlock Musket,
.73 caliber smoothbore, 45" octagon-to-round barrel,
armory bright iron trim, teak stained as walnut, used
Part Number: AAS-016
Availability: In Stock
Price: $799.00
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This Arquebus or Matchlock Musket,is stocked in teak stained as walnut, with armoury bright finished barrel, lock, and furniture. The teak stock is shaped with a large fish tail design with the wrist notched for thumb relief. This design was widely used by a number of different nations making this musket perfect for a number of historical impressions. The stock has been decorated with an incised border on all the panels of the buttstock, lock panels, and forearm. The barrel is vented for firing. Trigger reach is about 12-1/2", and weight is 9.6 pounds.

The 42" tapered octagon-to-round barrel is 12 gauge, or .73 caliber (.727") smoothbore barrel. The octagon-to-round barrel geometry reduces weight, and this matchlock musket weighs about 8.5 pounds. The front sight is a tall blade mounted on the stepped cannon barrel muzzle. No rear sight is fitted.

Made for a right hand shooter, the early style fish-tail buttstock was one of the first designs to be fired from the shoulder. The finger groove in the stock, which later evolved to become the wrist, is cut for a right hand shooter. The butt is fitted with a sheet metal plate that extends just past the wood to provide some protection to the stock. The sheet iron buttplate is secured with nails. The square tang of the breech is secured with a wood screw. The toe of the butt is finished with a large flat that sweeps into the wrist. The trigger bar is hand formed from rod stock and shaped with a decorative ball finial. The barrel is served by a tapered ramrod. Unlike most examples the ramrod is not exposed and enters a steel ramrod pipe just behind the muzzle. The ramrod is fully covered by the stock. Correctly, no side plate is fitted to this gun, the lock bolts rest directly on the side panel.

Very well made, this early matchlock has a swinging serpentine or fuse holder, that dips to fire the pan, after you manually swing open the pan cover (a safety feature), and pull the trigger. The jaws of the serpentine are adjustable to hold your wick or fuse, easily made by soaking pure cotton drapery cord in a solution of hot water and sodium or potassium nitrate salts (saltpeter), available at many drug stores. The nitrate salts cause the cotton cord to burn very slowly, and reliably, as a glowing ember at the end of the cord. This cord was called the match.

A matchlock musket for your early Colonial impression. The .73 caliber bore is bright in perfect condition. Order it for a ten day visual inspection. You will be delighted. Else if it does not fit you, return it in unfired condition for same-day refund. Postage is your only risk, when you order any one-of-a-kind gun from Track, whether new, used, or antique.

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