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9/22/2017 12:11:25 AM
Posted: 12/18/2005 2:17:34 PM EDT
I've always wondered about this and would appreciate your help.

Thanx - Bulgydog1
Link Posted: 12/18/2005 2:36:13 PM EDT
iirc a musket is a muzzle loading long arm with ball and powder sometimes seperated or sometimes in a paper casing. method of ignition can vary--percussion cap, flint lock, match lock, etc. a rifled musket is the same except that the barrel is rifled.
Link Posted: 12/21/2005 5:23:13 PM EDT
A musket was a smoothbore military longarm, which could have been either flintlock or percussion. Examples include the British "Brown Bess," and the US M1842, which was our last musket.

A rifled musket was musket that was sent back to the arsenal to be rifled and have a rear sight installed. Many M1842 muskets were rifled and had sights fitted so they could use .69 caliber Minie balls, and saw service during the Civil War.

A rifle musket (as opposed to a rifled musket) was basically a rifle built for the military. External form was similar to muskets but the gun was built from the outset as a rifle. Examples included the M1855 Harper's Ferry and the M1861 and M1863 Springfields.
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