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Pattern 1838 Musket

The "Musket, Rank and File for Foot Guards", the first percussion musket to be issued in quantity to British soldiers.

Pattern 1838 Musket

The days of the flintlock action were numbered when Alexander Forsyth began experiments, in 1805 in the Tower of London, aimed at harnessing the power of exploding fulminates as a means of ignition. His work was expanded upon by others which eventually led to the "Musket, Rank and File for Foot Guards", the first percussion musket to be issued in quantity to British soldiers. Today we usually simply call it the Pattern 1838.

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