1777 Charleville Musket

The 1777 Charleville Musket is a French flintlock musket. It was the Mid-Range weapon of Napoleon Bonaparte.


  • Weight: 10 lbs
  • Length: 62 inches
    • Barrel Length 45 inches
  • Caliber: .66-.69 inch ball
  • Action: Flintlock
  • Rate of Fire: 2-3 rounds/min (user dependent) (28 seconds per round: according to DW)
  • Effective Range: 50-75 yards;
    • Maximum Range: 100 to 200 yards
  • Feed System: Muzzle-loaded


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The Model 1777 was one of the latest versions of the Charleville musket. It was used in mass formations, and was fired in volleys until the opposing army was close enough for a bayonet charge. The Charleville musket was widely used in the French Revolution and Napoleonic Wars and remained in service until 1840, when percussion cap systems made the flintlock obsolete.

The idea of using fast reloading muskets in war is called 'Napoleonic Warfare' as Napoleon was able to master this tactic. The idea is that the enemy army is too dense to avoid innacurate muskets, making reloading more important than accuracy. This tactic was vulnerable to cannon fire, however it was expected that cannoneers would attempt to knock each other out if possible. This tactic lost popularity after the American Civil War, as those who used this tactic to march in thick lines made them easy targets for repeater rifles, and Gatling Gun fire.