Cadets Learn About the Smoothbore Flintlock Musket

Cadets Learn About the Smoothbore Flintlock MusketFor over a century, from the War of Spanish Succession through the Napoleonic wars, the basic infantry firearm was the smoothbore flintlock musket. Combined with the socket bayonet, it allowed for thinner linear formations strong enough to defend themselves from frontal cavalry attacks without the assistance of Pikemen. Cadets in Professor Cliff Rogers’ History of the Military Art to 1900 class, who had already seen the earlier matchlock musket in a previous lesson, got to handle a flintlock and to hear an explanation of its mechanism.

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