Rifles, muskets etc

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Posted by Bill Rooks on December 30, 1997 at 08:15:04:

First post of the day! Okay, a question thrown out to see what kinds
of responses I get in return. Regarding the weapons used in LOTM.
Obviously the British were using muskets. Did not look closely enough
to determine if the actors were using the proper model of Brown Bessie, but leave that aside for now.......

The militia appeared to be using longrifles. Particularly DDL. This
was in the decade of 1750-60 and my question is.......just how prevalent do you folks think rifles were in that time period. Would
frontiersmen have commonly carried longrifles. Had they been developed that extensively that civilians were at that time predominantly carrying rifles instead of smooth bore weapons? I was
always under the impression that during the F&I War rifles were known,
but that the musket and smooth rifle were still the predominant weapon
of the times.....for both military and civilian.

What say you all?

Bill Rooks

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