Prussian Cuirassiers Weapons

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Prussian Cuirassier Carbine M1731

Prussian Carbine FWR Thumb Plate - Source: Digby Smith

The construction of this carbine was as for the dragoon musket, which in turn was as for the infantry musket. The barrel was held onto the stock by pins. The main difference with the infantry musket was that a ring was fitted around the butt just below the lowest ramrod guide; an iron runner extended from this ring, back to the lock fixing bar, where it was screwed to the butt. An iron ring was held by this bar, which was meant to take the carbine hook on the man's bandolier.

The thumb plate, on top of the neck of the butt, bore the crowned royal cipher: 'FWR' (Friedrich Wilhelm Rex I).

Prussian Cuirassier Carbine M1731 - Source: Digby Smith

Technical details
Overall length 1290 mm
Length of barrel 930 mm
Calibre 17 mm
Length of the flintlock plate 155 mm
Weight 3200 grammes
Prussian Carbine FR Thumb Plate - Source: Digby Smith

When Frederick the Great succeeded to the throne in 1740, the thumb plates of the new carbines produced bore the crowned royal cipher 'FR'.

Prussian Cuirassier Pistol M1731

Prussian Cuirassier Pistol M1731 - Source: Digby Smith

These weapons were produced in Spandau from 1731 onwards.

Technical details
Overall length 567 mm
Length of barrel 368 mm
Calibre 17 mm
Length of the flintlock plate 145 mm
Weight 1370 grammes

Edged Weapons

Prussian Cavalry Musician Sword M1730

Prussian Cuirassier Trumpeter and Dragoon Drummer Sword M1730 - Source: Digby Smith

The cast brass handle is the same as for the infantry sabre M1715. The letters 'MYS I' have been stamped into the pommel. There are no marks on the blade.

Technical details
Overall length 1023 mm
Length of the blade 860 mm
Width of the blade 36,5 mm
Weight 1020 grammes


Die Bewaffnung und Ausrüstung der Armee Friedrichs des Grossen Eine Dokumentation aus Anlaß seines 200. Todesjahres. Ausstellungskatalog, Rastatt 1986


Digby Smith for the initial version of this article