English Matchlock Musket
Muskets with matchlock were in use from the 15th century up to the 17th century by all European armies. They also were standard equipment for musketeers.
Before the invention of the matchlock it was necessary to put a burning match to the musket from the outside. Now it was clamped into the matchlock clamp. By means of a lever mechanism connected to the trigger the match was pressed onto the pan and lit the ammunition in the barrel. That meant that only one single person was able to operate the weapon. The rifleman had both hands free to hold the rifle. Beside this he was able to aim while pulling the trigger.
Weapons like this one were very popular all over Europe, and were in use e.g. in the English Civil war.
This beautiful musket is a replica in Swedish style. Gustaf II Adolf, Gustavus Adolphus of Sweden, was involved significant into the development of this musket. In Germany large-scale quantities were produced too.
Our reproduction Fishtail Matchlock Musket features a steel barrel with cannon muzzle and blade front sight. Its hardwood stock has decorative carving along its full length and a beautiful oil finish. The sear-type lock is true to the original in form allowing the cock to be lowered into the pan with a squeeze of the lever-style trigger.
Our firearm replicas are intended for decoration or re-enactment. The muzzles have not been drilled, so the weapon is not functional.
A beautiful item for every collection and an indispensable accessory for re-enactors.
- Total length: approx. 145 cm
- Weight: approx. 4.9 kg
- Barrel length: approx. 104 cm
- Bore: .75 cal
We do not sell this product to customers under the age of 18. Please mention your birth date when order. We also need a copy of your ID-card or passport by email, scan, fax or mail.
Shipping weight: 7.00 kg