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Brown Bess – The Story of History’s Most Famous Musket

For more than 120 years, the Brown Bess was the British army’s principle infantry weapon. (Image source: Flickr) “Soldiers knew its shortcomings, but considered it a sturdy and reliable friend. One veteran corporal said as much to his mess mate on the rainy eve of Waterloo. ‘You can pray to Jesus all you like, but the only religion I need is my Brown Bess and my bayonet.’” By John Danielski IT WAS LONG , heavy and inaccurate. It has no sight with which to aim; only a bayonet nub. It took 18 separate motions to load and misfired one […]

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