A working firearm was a prized possession in early America, indispensable in everyday life to the hunter, farmer, or frontiersman, and often a finely crafted, costly status symbol for the gentleman sportsman. While soldiers in the standing army might have had the latest in firearms and ordnance, the countryman and militiaman often had to make do with whatever was at hand, and so firearms and ordnance from earlier time periods are often well represented in common use at later time periods.
The smooth bore flintlock musket was widely used on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean in the 18th century. Loaded with lead balls commonly of .69 to .75 caliber, this firearm was capable of firing at a rate of 2 to 4 shots per minute, with limited accuracy.
These musket balls are cast of lead-free pewter to closely approximate the original lead ball in size and weight. Each musket ball is packaged in a poly bag with a history card.
Made in Vermont