French Flintlock Musket Long-Gun Model 1777
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  • French Flintlock Musket Model 1777 | Models 1766 and 1777 were used in the American Revolutionary War | .69 Caliber | Total Length Approx. 56″ | The Lock Plate is engraved Mre Rle / de Tulle (Royal Manufactory of Tulle) designating that the gun was manufactured in the Tulle factory.

    The Tulle factory was started in 1691, but did not attain Royal Manufactory status until 1777. Tulle was a large gunmaking center in the early 1600’s and Michael Pauphille brought it all together as, the Tulle Arsenal in 1691. Tulle drew its work force from Leige Belguim and St. Etienne, in fact in the pay rate books and cemetery around Tulle the majority of the people working and dying there were from Leige. The “La Peid” stock shape is believed by most to have originated at Tulle.

    St. Etienne soon followed because they made guns at times for Tulle to help fulfill their contracts. The term “La Peid” for the stock design which means cows foot does not just mean the outline but also the way these early muskets swell out a little larger on the sides than the butt plate just before the butt plate. If you look through Neumans book you will find many American Muskets that were built using old furniture and locks from the 1695’s, so there were quite a few of these early guns and parts still in the colonies during the Revolutionary War.

    The flintlock was gradually phased into the French Army in the mid 1600’s. The Carrignan-Salieres Regiment was the first to be completely armed with them in 1665, and was immediately sent into Canada to defend Quebec from the Iroqous. These were the first regular troops sent to Canada until 1755. In 1669, all of France’s Colonies were put under the responsibility of the Department of Navy and Ministry of Marines, which was completely separate from the army in all matters including their contracts for weapons. This is the reason the early Marine Muskets look almost like the regulation army models, but vary in minor details. Most Marine weapons contracts were awarded to St. Etienne till the establishment of Tulle.

  • Weight

    10lb.

    Height

    6"

    Width

    56"

    Depth

    5"

    Weight

    10lb.

    Height

    6"

    Width

    56"

    Depth

    5"

    Artist / Maker

    Royal Manufactory of Tulle

    Date

    18th Century

    Kind

    Collectibles, Weapons

    Origin

    France

    Subject

    American Revolutionary War