Object Title

Flintlock muzzle-loading military volley gun - Nock Volley

Flintlock muzzle-loading military volley gun - Nock Volley



Object Number



Old Tower Collection

Physical Description

A First pattern volley gun comprising a cluster of seven barrels [six around a seventh centrally located.] The lock is of a standard flint pattern with flat, swan necked cock. and a normal priming pan and frizzen covering the vent hole. The gun is part stocked, the forend ectending only as far as the breech of the barrel cluster. The stock has a pronounced wrist and cut-away on the cheek piece, of a style more commonly found on sporting muskets. Fittings are steel and there is a steel ramrod.


BarrelLength20.39 inches
BarrelLength518 mm
OverallLength933 mm


Serial Number None Visible visible


0.52 in

Inscriptions and Marks

Tower marked lock, each breech having view and proof marks.


Places Britain


Records indicate that only two batches of these weapons were furnished to the Ordnance, the first and largest order in 1780, and the second smaller number in 1787. The first order for the 1st Model was for 500.