British Brunswick .704 Caliber Rifle

  • General History
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By Crusader1307

Produced in 1836 as a replacement to the Baker Rifle, The Brunswick was another attempt at perfecting a viable percussion Carbine for use by The British Army. It featured a revolutionary slotted barrel internally that deployed the larger .704 Caliber lead bullet (17.9mm) – with a much greater accuracy. Heavier, The Brunswick was initially disapproved of by many soldiers, more so because of it's weight – especially by Cavalry Troopers. It's hardiness in poor weather would quickly win over many.

 

The Brunswick was 10-pounds with a 30-inch barrel fitted to a wooden stock measuring another 4-feet. They were very accurate up to 300-yards and were considered a Caplock-Class of Firearm. The Brunswick was a very popular issue to British Colonial Forces, more so in India. The weapon was produced for 50 years, with later Models making their way to Canada and even some finding their way into American Confederate Army hands during The Civil War of 1861-1865.