Firing a musket

The smoothbore flintlock musket was the basic infantry weapon of the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars. The standard weapon of the French infantry was the Charleville 1777 Pattern (An IX version) musket, while the British used the Brown Bess.

On this page you will find different resources on the loading, handling and firing of the musket.

Infantry Tactics and Combat during the Napoleonic Wars (external website)

Loading and firing sequence of the Charleville (external website)

How to fire a Brown Bess musket (video)

Napoleonic tap loading: fact and fiction: