British Cavalry Carbines and Pistols of the Napoleonic Era



This book has been described as 'The Most Comprehensive Study of British Cavalry Flintlocks to Date'. The main focus of the book is on the wars with France between 1793 & 1815. However, to do this subject justice we have included the development of the carbine and pistol prior to these dates together with usage in the post Napoleonic period.

The book is A4 size Hardback, with 218 Pages, 90 Full Colour Plates, with over 400 individual photos featuring 82 Carbines & Pistols from 1700 to 1850 and many other colour illustrations. It includes many previously unpublished photos of several rare carbines and pistols never before illustrated.

Chapter 1 details cavalry actions in the French and Napoleonic wars with the rest of the book describing and illustrating carbine and pistol patterns issued to British cavalry regiments. Chapters 2 to 8 cover the development of cavalry carbines and pistols for the British cavalry. Chapters 9 to 11 show yeomanry and Portuguese small arms with chapter 12 comparing the shooting properties of the various Napoleonic carbines.

The book has been very well received and has had a glowing review by Bill Harriman in Classic Arms & Militaria. Two of the most notable writers on antique guns, De Witt Bailey and Bob Brooker, have both described the book as excellent. We have also had many other congratulatory emails from experts and museums around the world. It is now being carried by the National Army Museum and The Royal Armouries in Leeds.



Chapter 1  The French & Napoleonic Wars 1793 -1815   History of the French and Napoleonic wars with emphasis on cavalry actions

Chapter 2  Structure of the Cavalry   Regimental structure of the cavalry at the end of the 18th and beginning of the 19thCentury

Chapter 3  Pre Napoleonic Cavalry Carbines   Development of the Cavalry Carbine during the 18th Century

Chapter 4  The Eliott Carbine & Royal Forrester's Carbines   Various patterns from 1760 until 1799

Chapter 5  The Harcourt and 1796 Heavy Dragoon Carbines   Nock enclosed lock variants and Ordnance lock patterns

Chapter 6  The Paget carbine   Variations of the Paget carbine

Chapter 7  Rifled Cavalry Carbines   Development of the rifled cavalry carbine and Baker Cavalry Rifle patterns

Chapter 8  Cavalry Pistols   Development of the cavalry pistol during the 18thCentury and until 1815

Chapter 9  The Napoleonic Volunteer Movement   A brief History of the movement illustrated with volunteer carbines and pistols

Chapter 10  Cavalry Carbines in the post Napoleonic era   Uses and developments of the carbine after 1815

Chapter 11  Portuguese Carbines & Pistols   British styleCarbines and Pistols made in Portugal from British & Portuguese parts

Chapter 12  Shooting Napoleonic Carbines   Comparison of smoothbore and rifled  carbines

Appendix 1 Summary of Cavalry Carbine and Pistol patterns

Appendix 2 Cavalry Regiment conversions, name changes from 1780

Appendix 3 Introduction and phasing out of the major carbine patterns

Appendix 4 Cavalry Regiment Battle Honours & Casualties 1794-1815


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