HISTORY: In use from 1717 to 1816, The Charleville carbine musket saw service in the French Revolution, the Napoleonic Wars, the French and Indian War, American Revolutionary War and the War of 1812.
The longer Charleville musket used in the American Revolution was based on the 1763 model--a stronger weapon than the 1717 original, but one that proved too heavy to be practical and saw further refinements in 1766. The .69 caliber Charleville was still smaller and lighter than the .75 caliber British 'Brown Bess' musket.
Thanks to the influence of Lafayette--America's foremost French ally-- large numbers of Charleville muskets and carbines were imported into the United States for use by the Continental Army during the American Revolution.
Background image: "Surrender of Cornwallis at Yorktown", 1797 painting by John Trumbull
#30-100 - Made from a real steer horn, wooden stopper, leather shoulder strap. Sold with gun purchase only.
The Charleville Carbine musket, at 45" long, is a shortened version of the Charleville Musket with bayonet (item #22-1036 the bayonet is not included with the carbine model). The original was made for the French cavalry at the famed St. Etienne armory in France, and saw action in the Napoleonic Wars before being exported to the Colonies during the American Revolution.