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Weapons
The Pike
Pikes were the principal weapon used by the insurgents.
It was regarded as an effective weapon especially in
close combat.

The original pike head was six inches long and spear
shaped. The handle was approximately six feet long.

Later a hook was added to the side of the pike head
to enable the insurgent to cut the reins of horses
in order to dismount the rider.

According to Myles Byrne, the pike was more easily
managed than a soldier’s musket or bayonet.
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The Blunderbuss

The Blunderbuss was well suited to close-range
confrontations.
Its wide muzzle helped intimidate an opponent and its
charge of numerous lead balls gave its owner a better
chance of hitting the target.

Blunderbusses were often fitted with spring bayonets for
additional protection - on releasing the catch the bayonet
would flip forward and lock in position, and pistol butts
could be used as clubs.
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Flintlock Musket

This late 18th century India Pattern musket comes from
the family of longarms sometimes known as Brown Bess
muskets.

These muskets were so strong, simple to use and
relatively reliable, they remained the main British infantry
weapon from the 1720s to the 1840s.

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