The Potzdam Musket was the predominate rifle/musket of The German Army (and related Austrian Nations), from around 1718 until 1809. Reliable under extreme battlefield conditions, The Potzdam weighed 9-pounds and was roughly 55-inches long. It fired a .50 caliber lead ball.shot and had a variable effective range of 75 to 150 yards. Frederick The Great (Prussia), had great regard for The Potzdam Musket. The weapon made it's way to America, via the German Hessian Mercenary troops hired by England to engage Colonial Rebel forces.