Earlier versions of this musket travelled to Australia with the First Fleet, arriving in here in 1788. The Brown Bess musket was the standard long arm supplied to the Marines at the time. Australia’s first European sharp shooter, John McEntire, a convict entrusted to hunt for the first colony of Europeans, used a Brown Bess musket to hunt game.
Escaped convicts had stolen arms prior to the gold rush; however, by-and-large the arms were stolen for fundamental survival, not to assist larceny of c...
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