History of War

THE BAKER RIFLE

FIRING SYSTEM

The Baker rifle used a flintlock system but, unlike a musket, spun the ball when released, increasing its accuracy. It had a slower reload time than the Brown Bess and used leather patches wrapped around the bullet for added precision.

RANGE & ACCURACY

A trained marksman would hope to hit a target from 200 metres (220 yards) away, and a

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