Tuesday, March 28, 2023

From the American Revolution: Short Land Pattern Brown Bess

The standard weapon of the British Army in the American War of Independence was the “Brown Bess”, and today we are looking at a 1769 Short Land Pattern example of the Brown Bess. This was a smoothbore .75 caliber, 10.2 pound flintlock with a whopping 42 inch barrel (the Long Land Pattern it superseded had a 46” barrel). Adopted in 1769, it would serve as the British standard infantry arm until 1797. 

This particular example was issued to the 53rd Infantry Regiment, otherwise known as the King’s Shropshire Light Infantry. This regiment arrived in Quebec City in May 1776 and participated in the fighting at Ticonderoga and Saratoga, where several of its companies were captured and interned until the end of the war.
VIDEO HERE  (10:18 minutes)


  1. If you're anywhere near interested in Brits in America during the Revolution- there's a guy that does enactments as a Redcoat.
    He's interesting it you're into unbiased history.

  2. Did that for many years. With an organization called the NWTA. Had lots of fun times and met some great people.

  3. Bought one at Had to have a local gunsmith drill out the port, $50. The site is worth a visit


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