The Nothardt rifle M / 1801 is a flintlock musket and was the penultimate flintlock rifle in the Prussian army before rifles with percussion lock prevailed. Among other things, it was used in 1806 in the Battle of Jena and Auerstedt.
The M / 1801 was characterized by several improvements over its predecessor, the Prussian Infantry Rifle Model 1780/87, from. So it was about a kilogram lighter, shorter, had a smaller caliber and a lower powder requirement, a lower back and an improved stop. A groundbreaking innovation was first used on the Nothardt rifle: a sighting device with sight and grain. Previously, it was generally common practice to roughly target the smooth run.
Caliber .62, length 144,5cm, barrel length 104,9cm, weight 4,1kg. Without bayonet.
Our copies are absolutely true to the originals : size, weight, marks... The firing mechanisms are totally functional (the flint is not provided with the gun, though). The barrel is made of carbon steel (type:BS970 no.080M40).
Being non functional replicas of black powder weapons, our muskets and guns are free to buy and possess in most countries. They either are classified as decorative items or allowed weapons, but you have to check the point in your own country, to be sure not to contravene any law, and that you are free to import and buy them.
The vent has not been drilled on our weapons. They are therefore not usable, even if the firing mechanism is perfectly functional. Drilling the hole may change the classification of the item, for it becomes theoritically usable, and you may have to check if the regulations of your country allow it. Our weapons are not proofed for blackpowder firing. If you choose to drill the hole, after having checked that the local law allows you to do this, you must have the weapon proofed before firing any bullet or munition. We cannot give any guarantee against the damages your musket may suffer during the proofing test.
Please remember this warning : never use a blackpowder gun which has not been proofed for firing a bullet (or anything else, by the way). Never use blackpowder without proper advising.