Hornblower: The Even Chance
Hornblower: The Even Chance (released in American broadcast as Hornblower: The Duel) is the first installment of the Hornblower series of British historical war television films based on the works of C. S. Forester and starring Ioan Gruffudd as Royal Navy officer Horatio Hornblower during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars. The Even Chance depicts Hornblower as a rooky midshipmen in the beginning of his naval career in 1793. It is mainly based on the chapters Hornblower and the Even Chance, Hornblower and the Cargo of Rice, and Hornblower and the Man who Felt Queer from the novel Mr. Midshipman Hornblower.
The following weapons were used in the film Hornblower: The Even Chance:
New Land Pattern Flintlock Pistol
New Land Pattern Flintlock Pistols are seen in hands of numerous Royal Navy officers and sailors, including Midshipmen Horatio Hornblower (Ioan Gruffudd), Jack Simpson (Dorian Healy) and Clayton (Duncan Bell), Lieutenants Eccleston (Robert Bathurst) and Chadd (Roger May), Ship's Master Bowles (Colin MacLachlan), Seaman Matthews (Paul Copley), Styles (Sean Gilder), Oldroyd (Simon Sherlock) and Finch (Chris Barnes), as well as French Captain Forget (Vincent Grass) and several of his crewmembers. Judging by the flat heel of the grip, these pistols match the East Indian Pattern. Its appearance in 1793 is anachronistic as it was introduced in 1796 and came into widespread production only by 1802. Tower Sea Service pistols would be more correct for the Royal Navy personnel.
Brown Bess Flintlock Musket
Royal Marines on board of HMS Justinian and HMS Indefatigable are armed with Brown Bess Flintlock Muskets. In the final scene Captain Edward Pellew (Robert Lindsay) fires a Brown Bess musket. The muskets are claimed to be Pedersoli production.
Brown Bess Mockup
Some French soldiers on board of the ship-of-the-line Papillon carry crude mockups of Brown Bess muskets. The reason of this fact is unclear as Charleville muskets are seen in the same scene.
Charleville Flintlock Musket
French soldiers on board of the ship-of-the-line Papillon are armed with Charleville Muskets. These guns are also claimed to be Pedersoli production.
Swivel Guns are mounted on English and French ships.
Numerous naval cannons are used throughout the movie. These guns are replicas, except for some scenes that were shot on the actual Nelson's Victory (although the exact cases of such scenes are not listed). Small powder charges are used for firing, enough to create a muzzle flash but producing only marginal recoil, as making the cannons to fly back of full recoil would be dangerous to actors.