U.S. Military Rifles since 1776


What a fantastic walk through US Military history, starting with the flintlock and working forward. These are the primary issue rifles that our soldiers have carried.

A word of clarity from hickok45 on the video:

“Since I chat unscripted without a leash for 35 minutes, you can imagine that I have a little clean-up to do. 🙂 I’ll add needed correction here in the description below. I won’t add much elaboration, as this is not meant to be a video about the entire history or everything about these specific firearms; it’s more of a basics video, as I state at the beginning, to give folks something of a picture of the major stepping stones in military musket / rifle development through the last 200 + years.

Some clarification or further BASIC information:

1. The Brown Bess is a smooth bore musket, like most shotgun barrels. I mistakenly call it a rifle in the video. I don’t think I mention it, but the 1858 Enfield used in the Civil War has a rifled barrel, as do all the firearms on the table after the Brown Bess.

2. The tubular magazines of lever guns are not safe with pointed bullets. Think about it. 🙂 The 1895 Winchester lever gun solved this by not using the tubular magazine, but with most lever guns, we were limited to flatter-nosed bullets. The bolt gun, with rounds stacked on top of one another, allowed as sharp a point on the bullet as we wanted.

3, For some reason (Brain fade), I failed to show you how the Garand loads. Guess most of you have seen it in the movies, at least, and hopefully, in our Garand videos. 🙂

4. I believe Eugene Stoner was developing the AR-10 even before the ’60s, but the AR15/M16 did not get into soldiers hands until the ’60s, I believe.”

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