French classic.

Author:Cipolletti, John
Position::Crossfire: Letters To The Editor - Letter to the editor

Jeff John's September article on the Napoleonic Carbine de Versailles An XII was wonderful. I am the owner of a .69 caliber Charleville musket and have used it for years as a reenactor. I also target shoot with it and am very aware of its history. The musket is innovative because it has springs holding the barrel bands, not pins like many muskets and rifles (e.g. Britain's Brown Bess). This allows for the quick removal of the barrel for cleaning. The Charleville was amazing in many ways. For one, the lock has a hammer spring so powerful it could spark to ignite the powder more reliably than other muskets or rifles. It was used first in the French and Indian War....

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