P S Webley Flintlock Musket Rifle Smooth Bore LONDON 18TH CENTURY
This is a non reserve auction for a P S Webley Flintlock 62 caliber Musket Smooth Bore rifle having a 38 ¾ inch long barrel. The lock is signed P S Webley while the top of the barrel is marked 'LONDON' and has London proof marks. The full stock appears to be walnut and has a number of small cracks and handling marks as seen in the many photos. It has brass mounting fixtures, trigger guard and butt plate all of which ahave fine engraving. There is no ramrod. The mechanics function well. The cost of shipping is $39. This is an antique and no FFL is required for transfer.
With origins that can be traced back into the eighteen century, the Webley family of London had a long and varied history, supplying guns to the public and to the government for over 200 years. Flintlock muskets were the mainstay of European armies between 1660 and 1840. A musket was a muzzle-loading smoothbore long gun that was loaded with a round lead ball, but it could also be loaded with shot for hunting. For military purposes, the weapon was loaded with ball, or a mixture of ball with several large shot (called buck and ball), and had an effective range of about 75 to 100 metres. Flintlock muskets tended to be of large caliber and usually had no choke, so they could also be used to fire a ball. Military musketeers could not afford to take the time to clean their barrels in between shots with rifled barrels and the rifle's greater accuracy was unnecessary when tactics were based on mass volleys. Most military flintlocks were therefore smoothbore
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