We see Charlevilles faked pretty often. It was a popular gun with historical significance, so reproductions and flat-out forgeries are common. This looks to be the real deal, though, so you've got quite a find.
- Fact 1: Muskets such as this were used by French infantry from 1717 to 1815.
- Fact 2: This gun became known as a Charleville musket after the armory in Charleville-Mézières where it was manufactured.
- Fact 3: Charleville muskets used a .67 caliber musket ball and were accurate from 50-100 meters.
- Fact 4: In the hands of a soldier skilled and experienced in reloading, the Charleville musket was capable of firing about 3 rounds per minute.
- Fact 5: The butt of the Charleville musket was known as a "patte de vache," which is french for "cow's foot." It was designed to be used as a club.