Baker Rifle (for Poser)

The Baker rifle (officially known as the Infantry Rifle) was a flintlock rifle used by British Army Rifle regiments during the Napoleonic Wars.


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Product Specifications
 
By bob1965
Downloadable File Size: 3.12 MB (approx.)
Polygon Count: N/A
System Requirements: Windows/ Mac, Poser 5 and above
File Format: Poser
   This product contains: cr2, pp2, pz2, and/ or other Poser files.
Texturing: Texture Maps
   This product uses image maps for textures.


Product Description

The Baker rifle (officially known as the Infantry Rifle) was a flintlock rifle used by the Rifle regiments of the British Army during the Napoleonic Wars. It was the first standard-issue, British-made rifle accepted by the British armed forces.

The Baker Rifle was first produced in 1800 by Ezekiel Baker, a master gunsmith from Whitechapel. The British Army was still issuing the Infantry Rifle in the 1830s.

During the Napoleonic Wars the Baker was reported to be effective at long range due to its accuracy and dependability under battlefield conditions. In spite of its advantages, the rifle did not replace the standard British musket of the day, the Brown Bess, but was instead issued officially only to rifle regiments. In practice, however, many regiments, such as the 23rd Regiment of Foot (Royal Welch Fusiliers), and others, acquired rifles for use by some in their light companies during the time of the Peninsular War. These units were employed as an addition to the common practice of fielding skirmishers in advance of the main column, who were used to weaken and disrupt the waiting enemy lines (the British also had a light company in each battalion that was trained and employed as skirmishers but these were only issued with muskets). With the advantage of the greater range and accuracy provided by the Baker rifle, British skirmishers were able to defeat their French counterparts routinely and in turn disrupt the main French force by sniping at non-commissioned and commissioned officers.

The accuracy of the rifle in capable hands is most famously demonstrated by the action of Rifleman Thomas Plunkett (or Plunket) of the 1st Battalion, 95th Rifles, who shot French General Colbert at an unknown but long range (as much as 800 yards according to some sources) during the retreat to La Coruña during the Peninsular War. He then shot one of the General's aides, suggesting that the success of the first shot was not due to luck.


Product Features
 
A fully rigged and textured model, with working trigger, hammer and sights, and opening patchbox.

Also included are several props:
•    scabbard is smart parented to the hip
•    bayonet1 is smart parented to the hip
•    bayonet is smart parented to the rifle

Templates, base textures, and MAT files for Poser and DS are included. These will require adjusting on a per render basis for the best results.

The rifle loads to the approximate location of the M4 shoulder.

Alternate versions of the objects are included which use shaders instead of texture maps for better results in later versions of Poser.

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