Musket Model 1777
The musket Modèle 1777, and later Modèle 1777 corrigé en l'an IX (Model 1777 corrected in the year 1800, or IX in the French Revolutionary Calendar) was one of the most widespread weapons on the European continent.
|Musket Modèle 1777|
Musket Modèle 1777 made during the Revolution
|Place of origin||France|
|In service||French Army 1777–1826|
|Used by||France, Confederation of the Rhine, other client states of the French Empire|
|Wars||French Revolutionary Wars, Napoleonic Wars and others in the European Theatre|
|Manufacturer||Charleville armoury and others|
|Produced||1777–1839 (all variants)|
|Variants||Modèle 1777 corrigé en l'an IX|
|Mass||4.5 kilograms (9.9 lb)|
|Length||1.51 metres (59 in)|
|Barrel length||113 centimetres (44 in)|
|Caliber||17.5mm (.69 inch) musket ball|
|Rate of fire||User dependent; usually 3 rounds a minute|
|Effective firing range||Variable (50–100 yards)|
Modèle 1777 corrigé en l' an IX
After the French Revolutionary Wars, first consul Napoleon Bonaparte commissioned a rework; some minor modifications on the lock, bayonet and stock resulted in 1800 in the "corrected" model, also called "Modèle 1777 corrigé".
The Musket was further improved in 1816 and 1822.
7 million muskets were produced, including variants 1800 (an IX), 1816 and 1822, but not including muskets like the Austrian 1798 or the Prussian 1809, which were mere clones of the French 1777. Until World War I, no other firearm was produced in such large numbers.
Properly trained French infantry were expected to be able to fire three volleys a minute with the 1777. A trained infantryman could hit a man sized target at 80 yards but anything further required an increasing amount of luck and the musket became wildly inaccurate at long range. Compared to the British Brown Bess, it fired musket balls that fitted more tightly into the barrel resulting in a better accuracy but a lower rate of fire and more fouling issues.
The Grande Armée marched into the German countries and left approx. 750,000 muskets retreating in 1815; until about 1840, French weapons were used in Germany.
- Hans-Dieter Götz: Militärgewehre und Pistolen der deutschen Staaten 1800–1870, 2nd edition, Stuttgart, 1996, ISBN 3-87943-533-2 (in German)
- Moore, Richard Napoleonic Guide: Weapons of War: Infantry 2006
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