The world's oldest revolver was made in 1597 by a weapon producer named Hans Stopler in Nüremberg Germany. The firing mechanism is a type of flintlock and the barrel holds up to 8 shots. And people wonder where Steampunk came from.
Collier patent Third Pattern transitional percussion revolver Manufactured by John Evans & Son in London based on Elisha Haydon Collier’s 1818 patent for a flintlock revolver. caliber, manually indexed five shot cylinder, cap and ball.
Prior to the Civil War, most military firearms used in the United States were smoothbore muskets. They fired a round ball, were most commonly of .69 caliber, had an effective range of 50 yards, and a maximum range of 100 yards. A well-trained soldier could fire 3 – 4 rounds per minute with this type of weapon. U.S. Model 1842 Musket was 57 inches long, weighed nine pounds, and used a .69 caliber ball or buck and ball load. ~ From Mississippi Confederates.