Breechloading Wheellock Musket

Manufactured in central Europe c.17th century.
Although covered in a thick patina and missing a few pieces, this musket is still a magnificent firearm. A very early breechloader, it features a spring-loaded breech block that snaps into place and can be released to the side with a simple thumb catch. This kind of weapon would still need to be primed, but loading itself would be achieved with a self contained metallic cartridge, aligned properly with a little radial peg that would fit the notch in the barrel.

One of the cartridges in question, pictured with another similar rifle.

Such guns would be among the most high-tech you could get your hands on in these days.

Sauce : Forgotten Weapons

Me watching Harlots: smh all these immoral aristocratic loser men….DUMP THEM

Me if I actually lived in the 18th century: Mother, he may be a reprobate but he’s worth 20,000 with an extra 10 in the stock market and sets my stays a flutter when he wears cream breeches so if you don’t let me marry Sir. Ignatio Cholmondeley-Featherstonehaugh right this second, I will throw myself into this traffic of sedan chairs