The musket was typically a long-barreled gun, operated by means of a flintlock mechanism. The lock contained a hammer with a piece of flint, which stuck a steel plate, creating the spark which ignited the powder and fired the musket.
- Range: 100 yards
- Weight: 8 lbs
- Ammo: .75 ball
- Wood and steel
The flintlock musket was widely used in the 17th and 18th Centuries, with some seeing combat as late as the American Civil War. Because the weapon was not particularly accurate, the standard method of use involved large, tightly grouped formations firing in volleys, tactics which proved disastrous when more accurate, rapid-reloading rifles like the Henry became common. The musket itself was considered outdated after the American Civil War due to repeating rifles. However it existed in European colonies so that the native armies of those regions didn't have the technology available to rebel. This changed in WWI, as the European empires were forced to modernize their colonial armies for the conflict. Today muskets are sometimes used for hunting but are extinct on the battlefield.
The Strasbourg Agreement (1675) outlawed the practice of poisoning musket balls. Prior to this, musket balls could be poisoned by resting them in corpses or fecal matter.
The flintlock musket was also used by pirates.
With the abillity to pierce armor, traditional Knights became extinct. Muskets used larger calibers compared to their Arquebus or Handgun ancestors; meaning only the heaviest (and thus most expensive) armors could block these rounds.
Test in ShowEdit
In the show the flintlock musket fired off three shots and inflicted one kill and two wounds on a gel torso. The edge was given to the musket over the nest of bees for its accuracy, heavy caliber, and option to mount a plug bayonet.