I was hoping to get my hands on the BA prototype Musket to compare all three, but somehow those Prototypes seem to be hard to get. BF offers two different colors of Muskets as of right now, Tan and Dark Tan. From the pictures on the BF site, the tan just didn't look right to me as a color representing a musket. The Dark Tan is a tad bit lighter than I would like as well. I would prefer a reddish brown or brown over the dark tan to simulate a walnut stock. However, I wanted to get some of these new beauties, so I ordered 15 in Dark Tan. As you can see in the pic of above, BF offers us a straight grip, period correct Buttstocked musket that has a nice straight barrel that will give your army accuracy over the Lego Blunderblussesqe rifle above. The length is the same, as well as the trigger gaurds and hammer. However, the BF musket has added the frizzen which is a distictive feature of Flintlock weapons.
You can see the frizzen just to the left of the hammer. To me it's the perfect size. It's noticable so those who want to use the rifle as a flintlock have that option, yet it's small enough for one to use the rifle as a non flintlock for other periods. This is a plus for the new musket.
Another plus is the butt stock. Many rifles, muskets of that period had the elevation where the grip meets the part where the cheek rests and BF got it right.
The grip is a plus as well as the musket looks more realistic in the hands of the figs then the old Lego one. While the Lego Musket was easy to pose in different firing positions becaue of the grip, this one as you will see in my other pics, is just as easy to be fired by minifigs.
The ramrod located below the barrel is a nice touch however I believe that is the reason the minifig doesn't grip as well in the area inbetween the bands. It is a tad loose unlike the grip and buttstock wich fits the minifig's hand snugly.
Firing the weapon is as easy as it was before as you can see from this pic. I always like to get my figs firing as realistic as possible so this is my favorite firing posistion for the new Musket. The musket fits perfectly in the fig's hand in the foregrip between the 1st band and the trigger. And with the more accurate barrell, watch out Red Coats, this Blue Belly is playing for blood!!
Last but not least, the design is very versatile. It reminds me of the rifles used during the civil war and the sharps used by the US Calvary during the Indians wars. So not only can you build up your Red Coat and Blue Coat armies, but your other troops will be happy as well.
Overall this new BF Musket outstanding. I've always gone to BF for swords and blades and to BA for modern weapons, but BF has really created a fine musket/rifle for AFOL's.
Color: 6 (The dark Tan is nice, but would of been better in brown)
Fit: 9 (Fits perfectly except for that one area of the foregrip
Verstaility: 10 Great for Pirates, western, perhaps the Napoleanic wars but I'm not expert
Fireability:10 May be shot in a variety of positions unlike some weapons
I highly reccomend buying some of these in Dark Tan unless you can wait for it in a darker color. I'd like to compare it to the BA musket, but for now I'll enjoy it as a huge upgrade over the ol Lego Blunderbuss. I'd like to hear from other people who have them allready and what you think.
Edited by Apache, 26 September 2010 - 09:42 AM.