Blunderbuss be a muzzle-loading firearm with a short, large caliber barrel, which flared at the muzzle and typically loaded with a number of lead balls smaller than the bore diameter. It was an early form of the shotgun. Blunderbusses were also commonly carried by naval warships, privateers and pirates for use in close-quarters boarding actions during the Golden Age and Late Pirate Era. We carry the largest selection of working blunderbuss in the new or old world: Dutch, English, French and Spanish Blunderbuss.
Musket was a muzzle-loaded, smooth bore long gun, fired from the shoulder. Muskets were designed for use by infantry. In the Golden Age and Late Pirate Era, they were used with all varieties of flintlocks and became light enough to shoot without a fork. All navies and pirates used muskets, even though you rarely see them used in pirate movies. The sharp shooters were posted up in the fighting tops to shoot at the enemy below. Usually of .69 to .75 caliber, they were an effective weapon with a bayonet.