The Brown Bess musket is a British flintlock musket. It was one of the Mid-Range weapons of George Washington along with the Pennsylvania Long Rifle.


  • Weight: 10.5 lbs
  • Length: 58.5 in
  • Barrel Length: 42 in
  • Cartridge: .75 inch musket ball
  • Action: Flintlock
  • Rate of Fire: User dependent (about 30 seconds)
  • Muzzle Velocity: Variable
  • Effective Range: 50-100 yards
  • Feed System: Muzzle-loaded


The Brown Bess was one of the most widely used firearms in the British Army, its many variants being used from 1722 until the 1860's. It was used by both sides in the American Revolution, and throughout the British Empire, both by the British and the indigenous people they opposed, including the Māori, Zulu, and Indians. Although reused in the American Civil War, the musket was quickly replaced by modern lever-action rifles like the Henry.


The Pennsylvania Long Rifle was tested with the Brown Bess musket to eliminate 4 infantry targets and one commander on a horse. The George Washington Team was able to kill all 5 targets in 3 minutes 31 seconds with 6 hits, the horse killed, with an average reload time of 58 seconds for the Rifle. The edge was given to the Pennsylvania Long Rifle due to it's accuracy.


The reloading speed of a Brown Bess [1]

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