Doglock Musket

Look at the damage to this older doglock musket. It clearly had a hard life. It is an excellent example of the type of former military weapon a civilian might own.

Muskets were the battlefield weapon of choice in the 1700s. They were specifically created as military firearms which prioritized loading speed, durability, and simplicity as well as standard dimensions (caliber, barrel length, etc). Colonists owned muskets primarily to bring to militia duty or for home defense.

Long-land pattern musket

1728 British Infantry Musket

French Infantry Musket

1766 French Infantry Musket

American musket

American Musket