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Lock, Stock, and Barrel

Lock, Stock, and Barrel

Early British Weaponry - Through 2018

An immensely popular and longstanding exhibit, Lock, Stock and Barrel begins with an explanation of the various firearm ignition systems as used throughout the colonial period. The exhibit takes us from the early-17th to the end of the 18th century via a timeline of military longarms, including matchlocks, wheellocks, “English” locks, “dog” locks, and their descendants, the true flintlocks.


One of the highlights to be seen at Colonial Williamsburg is a world-renowned progression of Britain’s famed “Brown Bess’ muskets, which forms the backbone of Lock, Stock and Barrel. Supporting this unique collection are those related arms carried by officers, cavalrymen, sailors, Native Americans, and the semi-military firearms carried by American militiamen. Also represented are the Dutch, French and American-made arms used extensively during the Revolutionary War. Capping off the exhibition is a selection of very fine flintlock guns once owned by Lord Dunmore, Virginia’s last Royal Governor, followed by a hint of what the fledgling United States armed itself with after the war was won.

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To Fire a FLintlock musket

Fire a Flintlock Musket

Get into the spirit of 1776 at the Colonial Williamsburg Musket Range. For just $76, participants will fire live rounds at a target from two different reproduction 18th-century flintlock firearms commonly used during the Revolutionary War, and learn about the history of the weapons.

Must be age 14 or older to participate. Guests ages 14 – 17 must be accompanied by a legally responsible adult*. All participants must sign a waiver, or have a waiver signed by a legally responsible adult. A valid photo ID required to receive a waiver. All signed waivers must be turned in upon arrival at the musket range.

Participants must report to the front lobby of the Williamsburg Lodge 15 minutes prior to their session start time to allow for transportation to the range.  Shuttle transportation is required; participants may not drive themselves to the range. 

Each participant is allowed one observer. All observers must be age 12 or older. For participants ages 14 – 17, the observer must be a legally responsible adult. Observers may also provide assistance to disabled or special needs guests.   

Session includes: range instructions, ammunition for weapons, targets, safety equipment, and transportation to and from the range. 

I acknowledge I have carefully read the range rules and consent form, and that I know, and agree to be bound by, the contents thereof.

* Accompanying adult must be capable of making legal and/or medical decisions for the youth participant.