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33692Carbines and Fusils

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  • ronaldjdale@netscape.net
    Sep 6, 2007
      A number of years ago I was looking at lists of stores in the arsenal at Quebec.?? There were a number of "Black Muskets" in stores just before the war.? These later morphed into carbines and later?became India Pattern muskets.?? This all makes sense if the norm for the Canadas was still Short Land Pattern.? The India Pattern, originally for arming the East India Company army, could be referred to as a "Black Musket" not because of its colour but in reference to those expected to shoulder them.? The reference to carbine makes sense given the shorter barrel (39" vs 42").? However, whether or not these were ever issued to anyone other than Provincials or Militia escapes my memory.

      The Inspection Return for the 41st on Oct 11, 1809 indicates that there were no fusils issued to the regiment and that four were "wanting."? They were still "wanting" in the return of June 1810 but had been received by the time of the May 1811 return.? The 10th Royal Veterans showed that none were issued and none wanting in that regiment.

      In a?Return of Small Arms etc?at Fort George in June, 1812, ?the following are of interest:?

      1553 English Musquets
      1030 French Musquets
      16, 738 Flints Musquets
      60,000 English Musquet cartridge and ball
      140,000 French Musquet cartridge and ball
      666 Carbine Musquet cartridge and ball
      11.10 lbs of Dutch thread
      10.0 ditto of twine
      2, 140 Paper dozen sheets
      64, 200 English lead musquet balls

      French muskets are .69 calibre.? Obviously the carbine cartridges contain a ball that is neither .69 nor .75 calibre.?? No pistol balls are listed.


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