46" Barrel

62" overall length

.75 caliber smooth bore

11 1/2" trigger guard

6" butt tang

10.4 lbs


These muskets are priced at $625.00

Fitted Brown Bess bayonet & scabbard  $80.00 (fitting w/ musket purchase)

Shipping via FED EX GROUND to the lower 48 states is $50.00

(other shipping services and locations are priced individually)


Our reproduction Long Land Bess Muskets have the early banana shaped lock and each is marked with either TOWER (Tower of London), DUBLIN CASTLE (British controlled Armory in Ireland) or WILLITS (Private contractor to the crown) The lock is also marked with a Crown over GR.  The Willits musket is also dated on the tail of the lock with 1746.

Muskets are available stocked in either brass or steel (iron)
Muskets are available either with or without a nose cap
Muskets are available with either steel or wood ram rods



Lock Marked "1746 WILLITS"


Lock Marked "TOWER"

Shown with steel rammer and no nosecap

Swell in stock at tail pipe

Brass side plate with tail and early style trigger guard

Earlier style trigger guard

6" butt tang and thumb esctution

(the differing colors you see on the brass furniture is simply a play of light from the camera flash)



We accept Visa, Master, and Discover cards, checks and U.S. Postal money orders for musket and pistol purchases.  We will accept payments through PayPal for gun smith services and other accessory items only.  Accessory items include things like bayonets, powder horns, gun socks, etc. which are in compliance with PayPal acceptable use policies.  If you have any questions please feel free to ask.

(Early style banana shaped lock)

(Early style banana shaped lock)

(Early style banana shaped lock)


Shown with brass nose cap and steel rammer

Brown Bess Flintlock Muskets


A sheet brass nose cap can be added to Brown Bess muskets that don't have one.  This is a custom alteration and it takes about 2.5 hours complete.  ($150.00)

See Q&A on muskets page for more info


All of the locks of our muskets and pistols are removed and checked for good function.  The frizzens are case hardened to ensure a nice spark and the breech is drilled with a 3/32" vent hole.

As a value added service we will "break down" the lock, polish all mated moving parts and harden the tumbler and sear for improved lock performance and reliability.  This added service is $50.00

We warranty our locks for one year parts and labor.  All you need to do is get the lock to us.  Neglect of the lock (heavy rust) and amateur tinkering will void the warranty.  Our turn around time for repair is very fast so please be sure to take advantage our our professional service.  Be sure to contact us for instructions before sending it in.

India flintlock musket and pistols are not proofed by the country of manufacture nor is there a U.S. standard for muzzle loaders to proof by.

We do offer a test firing service using a double black powder charge and a double ball load.  This is an additional service and you can read more about it on the Q & A page. $75.00

If you are not happy with your purchase you can return it postmarked within 7 days of the date you received it for a refund of the purchase price of the item returned.  Shipping costs are not refunded.

If you have any questions about our policies please feel free to ask.

Kathy and Earl Kathan

Earl Kathan Gunsmith LLC

PO Box 59

154 Black North Rd.

Acworth, NH 03601




Before the 1720's there was quite a bit of variation in British military muskets.  As the patterns developed there were many changes.

1707 - The octagon to round barrel went out and the 46" barrel was "specified".  The dog-lock was also losing favor.

1710 - 1720  The dog-lock is gone and the flat lock plates are changed to a rounded surface.  We also see the escutcheon plate, rammer tail pipe, and cast butt plate.

1720 - 1730  The Long Land First Model becomes the standard arm.  It is later known as "The Brown Bess".  It was originally fitted with iron furniture (1710 -1720) but is changed to brass prior to 1730.  (The last of the iron furniture was used by 1736.)

1740 - 1750  The raised style stock carving begins to disappear.  Military muskets are required to have outside bridles and the old muskets are sent to the colonies.

1750 - 1760  Button head steel rammers replace wooden brass tipped ones and the forward most pipe is flared.  The curved banana shaped lock is straighter along the bottom edge and the idea of a 42" barrel is gaining popularity.

1768 - The 42" Short-Land was accepted as the official infantry musket.  Other changes included a flattened side-plate, shorter butt tang, and straighter lock.  The stock swell behind the tail pipe is gone.

"TOWER" is engraved on the lock as required after 1764.

Visit AMERICAN RIFLEMAN.ORG for more on The Red Coat's Brown Bess

Visit 11th PA.ORG for more information on the Brown Bess

American Colonies found most of their early weapons of war for the American Revolution from a supply that was already on hand using a variety of weapons from civilian to previously used British arms of earlier wars.  Of these weapons in services were the earliest Long Land Pattern "Brown Bess" muskets, from the 1720s pre-patterns to the 1740's patterns.  A little worn but still ready to fight.  Later the French 1777 would support the Line.

The barrel pins and barrel must be carefully removed and the nose of the musket cut and re-shaped.  Freshly cut and sanded wood is stained to match as much as possible.

The brass nose cap is pinned through when the barrel is pinned back in place since the first barrel lug is also located here.

Go to MUSKETS page for more British Models

Shown here with wood rammer