musketoons

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Treuille de Beaulieu Mle1854 1st Type carbine

Manufactured in France c.1854~56 by the Manufacture d’Arme de Chatellerault.
9mm pinfire brass and cardboard cartridge, proprietary falling block action inspired by Flobert parlor guns, single-shot breech loading cavalry musketoon.

A very advanced design which development started in the early 1851 from a specific command from prince-président Louis-Napoléon Bonaparte to Treuille de Beaulieu. Both the future emperor and the inventor shared a passion for ballistic and the improvement of French military firearms, leading to a weapon that, in the same way as the Dreyse bolt action rifle a little earlier, was leading the way by a few decades in term of firearm development.
This one is not fitted with the characteristic bayonet lug that bore the straight saber of the Cent-Gardes bodyguard of the emperor.

adellennehocoleux  asked:

Banshee! Go on, how does MOE die? : D

She’s not going to make it…

Dishel stood, a spear through the throat of the machinist. The waves rocked the ship softly. All that was left was to quell the fire, and the danger had past. Until he turned and saw her.

No.. No, no no..

Tearing his shirt to ribbons, the miqo’te hurriedly tied off circulation to Moengeim’s arm, leg, and applied pressure to the abdomen after pulling the musketoon ball from it, His eye was red, tears dripping from it, “Why, lass? Why’d y’take that spray? Fool’s errand. Fist don’t stop bullets.” He looked on, as she slowly slipped into shock. “No, no. Moe! Moe, y’gotta stay with me! Please, Darlin’. Y’got a life. Y’still so young. Young ain’t meant t’protect th’ old. I’m two fulm in already, but y’can go on, Love again, make another happy…” He pushed harder, “Come on,” he yelled desperately, inspecting the other wounds. The bonds weren’t tight enough, and he couldn’t let go without her insides pouring out.

She’s not going to make it…

I can’t have been too slow again. Damnit, Lass, I can’t lose you! Please, stay, stay with me. Cicero’s gone, n’ I know it seems bad, but y’still got th’ crew. Y’still got family. Please…” He began to weep, as the light left her eyes.

The fire went out.

Resource: More Firearms

I was super excited that the DMG had rules for Renaissance-era firearms, but since I was running a pirate-themed campaign I wanted to expand on what was given. I also wanted to make firearms more accessible to my players, so I changed the prices to reflect that they were more common in my world.

All firearms are martial weapons.

Weapon Properties:

  • Loading: Because of the time required to load this weapon, you can fire only one piece of ammunition from it when you use an action, bonus action, or reaction to fire it, regardless of the number of attacks you can normally make. Loading the ammunition into the weapon is part of the action used to make the attack.
  • Slow Loading: This weapon is especially cumbersome to reload. After making an attack roll, you must spend another action to reload the weapon and prepare to fire it again. Otherwise, this functions the same as the loading property.

Weapon Descriptions

  • Pistol, wheel-lock
    • Wheel-lock pistols are relatively low-tech firearms that require a special key and wheel mechanism to wind and reload after every shot. 
  • Pistol, flintlock
    • Flintlock pistols are use a mechanism involving a spring arm loaded with flint to fire the weapon. They are easy to load, and are relatively concealable.
  • Dragon
    • Dragon pistols are short pistols with a flared barrel, and are effectively miniature blunderbusses. They can be packed with almost any type of ammunition, and are devastating at close range.
  • Musket
    • Muskets are long, heavy firearms that are cumbersome to reload, but can deal heavy damage to targets out of range of most other firearms. Muskets can sometimes be fitted with a bayonet. A bayonet is treated as a spear without the Thrown property.
  • Carbine
    • Also known as a musketoon, carbines are cut-down versions of muskets. They are lighter and easier to load, but do not pack as much of a punch.
  • Blunderbuss
    • The blunderbuss is the most devastating short-range firearm on the Tethys Sea. Its potential for up-close destruction is unparalleled. Its unusual barrel shape allows it to be loaded with a variety of different types of ammunition.
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The Musketoon,

Common in the late 18th century up to the mid 19th century, the musketoon was simply a carbine or short version of a standard infantry musket.  The purpose of the musketoon was to create a lighter and more compact musket for cavalry, artillerymen, engineers, and rear echelon troops.  Later they were commonly issued as the standard arm of dragoons, a type of mounted infantry who rode horses into battle but dismounted and fought as infantry once in the fray.  The musketoon was perfect for dragoons and cavalry, as it could be carried in a saddle scabbard, and due to its shorter size could be reloaded from horseback.  It wasn’t uncommon for musketoons to be loaded with buckshot rather than a solid bullet, making them more like shotguns than muskets.  Large bore musketoons were produced to be used exclusively as shotguns.  Due to their similarity with the older blunderbuss, they are often mistaken as such.

Despite its advantages, the musketoon wasn’t the perfect weapon.  Due to its shorter barrel length, the musketoon had substantially less accuracy, range, and power than the larger service muskets.  This was especially true in the age of rifled muskets, as the bullet had less contact with rifling.  After the American Civil War most musketoons were retired for breachloading or repeating carbines and revolvers.

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The Brown Bess Cavalry Carbine,

Issued to British cavalry units during the Napoleonic Wars up to 1838, the Brown Bess Cavalry Carbine was the shortest, smallest, and lightest musket of the Brown Bess series.  In fact, it would probably fall into the category of “musketoon”.  Overall length was 42.5 inches, while weight was around 7.4 lbs.  By comparison its infantry counterpart, the “India Pattern” Brown Bess was a foot longer and over two pounds heavier.

Because of its compact size and light weight, the Brown Bess Cavalry Carbine was ideal for cavalry units.  They were especially popular among dragoons, a type of unit consisting of mounted infantry who rode to battle on horseback, but dismounted and fought as infantry once in combat.  

By the late 1830’s the flintlock igniting mechanism gave to way to the percussion system.  Many Brown Bess Cavalry carbines were converted into percussion locks.  Production ended in 1838, and was replaced with the more advanced M1842 pattern percussion musket.