How accurate were guns in the 1700s?

How accurate were guns in the 1700s?

Modern firearm enthusiasts who hunt with 18th century fowlers (as sporting muskets were called in the American colonies) report them accurate to 60 yards against game like deer and bear.

Can flintlock kill you?

It does only 2d6 damage, while a modern gun does 3d6 damage. A modern human has on average 10 hit points, so the average flintlock shot won’t kill you, while the modern pistol will… But seriously, of COURSE it could kill you just as well. There’s no “half dead”.

What was the shot size in the 17th century?

In the 17th century, shot size was expressed using either the word ‘calibre’ or ‘bore’, both of which were a measure of how many bullets were made from each pound of lead. 12 bore or 12 calibre, for example, means 12 balls to the pound.

What is the maximum range of a smooth bore cannon?

Using the software model described, the elevation for maximum range for these guns varied from 39° and 42°. Table 3 shows the predicted maximum range for each size gun. The barrel length is set at 18 calibre, the elevation angle is 40°, the charge is the standard service charge of 1 / 3 shot weight.

Can a smoothbore pistol shoot at 30 yards?

Yes, rifling makes a difference but the reality is that properly built and loaded smoothbore pistols will shoot better than most people can hold them and groups of 5″ or smaller at 30 yards are normal. I had posted this as a response to another fine answer, and that respondent suggested it might more appropriate on its own.

What kind of gun was used in the 17th century?

A soldier dressed in traditional 17th Century English Army Redcoat uniform loading a flintlock musket. Snaphance (early flintlock) used on pistol from first quarter of the 17th century. Gouache on paper. Flintlock Gun. Culture: gun, Turkish, Albania or Macedonia; lock, French. Dimensions: L. 62 7/8 in. (159.7 cm).