M1752 Musket

M1752 musket
Type Musket
Place of origin Kingdom of Spain
Service history
In service 1752–1850s
Used by Spanish Empire, various indigenous peoples of the Americas, United States, Ottoman Empire, Portuguese Empire, Italian states
Wars Indian Wars, Maroon Wars, Anglo-Spanish War (Seven Years' War), Spanish-Portuguese War, American Revolutionary war, Haitian Revolution, French Revolutionary Wars, War of the Pyrenees, Anglo-Spanish War, Napoleonic Wars, War of the Oranges, Saint-Domingue expedition, War of the Third Coalition, British invasions of the River Plate, Invasion of Portugal, Peninsular War, Bolivian War of Independence, Mexican War of Independence, Argentine War of Independence, Chilean War of Independence, Venezuelan War of Independence, War of the Sixth Coalition, War of the Seventh Coalition, Spanish reconquest of New Granada, Ecuadorian War of Independence, Spanish reconquest attempts in Mexico, French invasion of Spain, Portuguese Civil War, First Carlist War, Mexican-American War, Second Carlist War, Cochinchina Campaign, Hispano-Moroccan War, Dominican Restoration War, Chincha Islands War, Ten Years' War
Production history
Designed 1752
Produced 1752–19th century
Number built > unknown
Weight 10.8 pounds (4.9 kg)
Length 57.09 inches (1,450 mm)
Barrel length 43.31 inches (1,100 mm)

Cartridge Undersized musket ball to reduce the effects of powder fouling
Caliber .69" (17.5mm)[1]
Action Flintlock
Rate of fire User dependent; usually 2 to 3 rounds a minute, an expert 4
Effective firing range Around 47 yards
Feed system Muzzle-loaded

The Spanish M1752 Musket was a muzzle-loading firearm invented in 1752 and used by the Spanish Army from then until it was widely replaced by the much more effective minié rifles during the mid-19th century. The M1752 was the first standardized firearm utilized by the Spanish Army and was deployed in the Spanish American Colonies, where it saw action during the British invasion of Cuba. Spain also provided around 10,000 up to 12,000 muskets to the American rebels during their struggle against the British.[2][3]

The M1752 saw some later modifications in 1755 and 1757.

As a distinctive feature, this flintlock possessed a miquelet lock, as well as three brass belts, in order to fix the barrel to the stock.


Model 1752

Original series model; pattern of 1752.

Model 1755

Modified pattern of 1755.

Model 1757

Modified pattern of 1757.

See also


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