That time again….the old professor’s history lesson….(heavy sighs and eye rolls)…..
We know all the people that have made America great, right?
And since the 2nd amendment is that preeminent rule of the land……….but can you name the rifles that made this country great?
Ever since the 13 colonies gathered enough gumption to form a union, U.S. soldiers have carried an evolving range of weapons, from flintlocks pistols to lever actions to assault rifles. The American soldier has fought many battles through the generations. The first line of defense has always been the rifle.
The earliest European settlers brought matchlock muskets to American shores, but by the 18th century these had been replaced with flintlocks, which used flint to ignite gunpowder. These flintlocks armed the minutemen and the new Continental Army during the Revolutionary War.
At the outbreak of the war, the Continental Army was desperate for weapons, and American gunsmiths scrambled to manufacture copies of the British Brown Bess. Meanwhile, Britain’s age-old rival France was eager to undermine Britain’s grip on the North American colonies (and none-too-pleased about how the Seven Years War turned out, either.) So, in 1776, France began in secret to supply smoothbore, flintlock muskets. These muskets, made at France’s military arsenals like the one at Charleville, worked much like the Brown Bess. When the trigger was pulled, a flint struck a spark and ignited the powder charge, firing a round lead ball.
There you have the guns that made this country great….and continues to do so….