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FR4055 SPANISH MUSKET Reviews
Product: FR4055 SPANISH MUSKET FR4055 SPANISH MUSKET
From: Allen Hilburn
Date: Thursday 03 December, 2009
Review:

The Pedersoli Spanish Musket most closely resembles the Spanish fusil. The 1752 fusil had iron furniture and a wooden ramrod. 1755 saw the replacement of the wooden ramrod with a steel ramrod. In 1757 the iron furniture was replaced with brass. This 1757 variant is the weapon which most closely resembles the Pedersoli Spanish Musket.

Background...

I've been shooting blackpowder arms since 1976. I have three Pedersoli arms in my collection, two muskets and a pistol. I currently do living history in Florida (Spanish) three times per week and have fired the Spanish musket approximately 16 times per week over the last three weeks.

Pro...

1. The Spanish Musket is very reliable. I have fired it in the rain and in high wind conditions. It has, to date, not misfired. The original fusils had an issue with the cock alignment with the pan which led to misfires. Pedersoli has fixed the issue with the Spanish Musket which greatly reduces misfires by properly aligning the cock and pan.

Cons...

1. The barrel bands and butt plate on the musket are not bronze but have a very shiny gold colored coating on them. This lends to a rather gaudy appearance, in my opinion. After only a short time in the field the coating on the butt plate has begun to wear off exposing the underlying metal.

2. The forward end of the stock has a groove cut into the wood for the ramrod but the forward barrel band does not conform to this grove, passing over it. The exposed end of the ramrod is therefore forced down at a slight angle where it passes under this forward barrel band which adds to the effort required to extract the ramrod.

3. The original fusil had an octagon to round barrel which the Spanish Musket does not. This further limits its historical accuracy.

Pro & Con…

1. The flint vice tightening screw on a fusil was a loop rather than a screwdriver fitting. The cross section of the metal making this loop was round. On the Spanish muskets this cross section is flattened Many original fusils have this tightening loop broken therefore the flat design which appears more substantial is probably stronger and will last longer.

Conclusion…

The Spanish Musket lacks the historical accuracy I find necessary for a weapon used for historical interpretation. The construction is well done with the exception of the gold colored, coated, barrel bands and butt plate and the ramrod issue with the forward barrel band. It looks like what Pedersoli did was to slightly modify their Charleville musket, using the Charleville barrel bands and plating them to make them appear to be brass. A better solution IMHO would have been to not coat the barrel bands which would have made the weapon look like the 1755 variant. At $1200 - $1400 I think this musket is overpriced. For that cost it should have brass furniture and better workmanship with regard to the ramrod fitting.

Rating: 3 of 5 Stars! [3 of 5 Stars!]

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