- May 26, 2011
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- Arkansas Ozarks
For me, part of the lore of having my BB was learning about all the various origins of the Brown Bess moniker. And, every 'expert' believed his version was correct. I don't care, I love them all.Hi,
Here is a link to the British Royal Armories and the explanation of the name "Brown Bess". It had nothing to do with its stock color, nothing to do with any German word for gun, and nothing to do with "good Queen Bess". It meant a drab woman of low repute, the soldiers best friend.
During much of its career in active use it was not referred to as "brown Bess" but the "King's musket".