An Irish Musket

Artefact
Eighteenth century Irish flintlock Brown Bess musket
Eighteenth century Irish flintlock Brown Bess musket

This flintlock Brown Bess musket was made by Farrell McDermott, a gun maker of 1 Abbey Street, Dublin from 1790 to 1840. Variations of this musket were used by the British Army from 1722 to 1838. A lead ball and powder was loaded into the end of the barrel and rammed down with the ram rod and the gun was fired when gun powder in the pan was lit by a spark from the flint.

The mechanics of firing this gun created phrases still in use today, such as 'a flash in the pan' and 'going off at half cock'.

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